Iditarod kicks off with festive ceremonial start

Posted by on March 2, 2013 in Featured, Iditarod | 0 comments

Musher Mitch Seavey leaves the Ruby, Alaska, checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 2012. The world’s most famous sled dog race kicks off Saturday, March 2, 2013, with an 11-mile-long trot through Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. The competition begins Sunday in Willow. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Marc Lester, file)

Musher Mitch Seavey leaves the Ruby, Alaska, checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 2012. The world’s most famous sled dog race kicks off Saturday, March 2, 2013, with an 11-mile-long trot through Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. The competition begins Sunday in Willow. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Marc Lester, file)

Mushers and their dogs are taking a leisurely jaunt through Anchorage in the ceremonial start of Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

The 1,000-mile race kicked off Saturday in a festive mood as 66 teams posed with fans and sailed their sleds 11 miles on streets covered with trucked-in snow.jd-iditarod-logo

The event comes ahead of the real, competitive start of the race Sunday in Willow 50 miles to the north.

From there, the 66-dog teams will begin making their way through unforgiving wilderness toward the finish line in Nome on Alaska’s western coast.

The winner will get a new truck and $50,400. The rest of the $600,000 purse will be split between the next 29 mushers to cross the finish line.

Here’s a look at the starting order for the race.

  1. Jan Newton, Honorary musher
  2. Martin Buser, Big Lake
  3. Scott Janssen, Anchorage
  4. Jodi Bailey, Chatanika
  5. Lance Mackey, Fairbanks
  6. Ken Anderson, Fairbanks
  7. Michelle Phillips, Tagish, Yukon, Canada
  8. Newton Marshall, St. Ann, Jamaica
  9. Kelley Griffin, Wasilla
  10. Peter Kaiser, Bethel
  11. Paul Gebhardt, Kasilof
  12. Jason Mackey, Wasilla
  13. John Baker, Kotzebue
  14. Paige Drobny, Fairbanks
  15. Charley Bejna, Addison, Ill.
  16. Nicolas Petit, Girdwood
  17. Cindy Gallea, Wykoff, Minn.
  18. 18. Jeff King, Denali
  19. Dallas Seavey, Willow
  20. Kristy Berington, Kasilof
  21. Gerry Willomitzer, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
  22. Travis Beals, Seward
  23. Robert Bundtzen, Anchorage
  24. Aaron Burmeister, Nome
  25. Kelly Maixner, Big Lake
  26. Jan Steves, Edmonds, Wash.
  27. Aliy Zirkle, Two Rivers
  28. DeeDee Jonrowe, Willow
  29. Karin Hendrickson, Wasilla
  30. Jessie Royer, Darby, Mont.
  31. Anna Berington, Kasilof
  32. Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Roros, Norway
  33. Michael Suprenant, Chugiak
  34. Justin Savidis, Willow
  35. Mike Williams, Sr., Akiak
  36. Mitch Seavey, Seward
  37. Christine Roalofs, Anchorage
  38. Ramey Smyth, Willow
  39. Rudy Demoski, Sr., Wasilla
  40. Angie Taggart, Ketchikan
  41. Ed Stielstra, McMillan, Mich.
  42. Linwood Fiedler, Willow
  43. Bob Chlupach, Willow
  44. Jake Berkowitz, Big Lake
  45. Curt Perano, Queenstown, New Zealand
  46.  Michael Williams, Jr., Akiak
  47. Luan R. Marques, Macae, Brazil
  48. Allen Moore, Two Rivers
  49. Gerald Sousa, Talkeetna
  50. Mike Ellis, Two Rivers
  51. Cim Smyth, Big Lake
  52. Ray Redington, Jr., Wasilla
  53. Louie Ambrose, St. Michael
  54. Jessica Hendricks, Two Rivers
  55. Josh Cadzow, Fort Yukon
  56. David Sawatzky, Healy
  57. Wade Marrs, Wasilla
  58. Aaron Peck, Bezanson, Alberta, Canada
  59. Jim Lanier, Chugiak
  60. Cindy Abbott, Irvine, Calif.
  61. Matt Failor, Big Lake
  62. Brent Sass, Manley Hot Springs
  63. Mikhail Telpin, Yanrakkynot, Chukotka, Russia
  64. Matt Giblin, Sterling
  65. Richie Diehl, Aniak
  66. James Volek, Big Lake
  67. Sonny Lindner, Two Rivers

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Reported by RACHEL D’ORO of the Associated Press from ANCHORAGE, Alaska. Follow Rachel D’Oro on Twitter at https://twitter.com/rdoro

Additional information(c)2013 the Anchorage Daily News (Anchorage, Alaska)
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Karin Hendrickson embraces her team leader, Hatchet in Takotna, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 2012. The world’s most famous sled dog race kicks off Saturday, March 2, 2013, with an 11-mile-long trot through Anchorage. The real competition begins Sunday in Willow. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Marc Lester, file)

Karin Hendrickson embraces her team leader, Hatchet in Takotna, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 2012. The world’s most famous sled dog race kicks off Saturday, March 2, 2013, with an 11-mile-long trot through Anchorage. The real competition begins Sunday in Willow. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Marc Lester, file)

 

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