The weather is soooo beautiful and it feels so warm it would have been a crime not to get outside to see the re-start of the Iditarod today. I saw the ceremonial start in Anchorage yesterday after I got home and then went out to Willow to see the real/re-start today. After living in Alaska for 3/4 of my life, I finally got to see part of the Iditarod!
There are 69 racers this year and they start at 2 minute intervals. I only know one person who is racing (Paige Drobny from Squid Acres Kennel in Fairbanks). She drew the #3 start bib (the first place is ceremonial, so she was actually the second racer to start), so I had to be there early to see her. I missed seeing her yesterday because I only made it for the last few racers. I snapped a couple decent shots of her, but to be honest my later photos are much better as I figured out the best strategies for shooting these fast-moving targets.
I've only been to a couple of dog races before, but they are always fun. If you haven't been to one, I highly recommend it. The excitement is contagious - from the crowd, the mushers, and the dog teams. I'm not even a dog person but I love seeing sled dogs run. They look like they are having the time of their life.
|Paige high-fiving a few fans|
|This musher was pulling out his camera to capture the moment|
|The hand of a little fan waiting for a high-five|