facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Iditarod dog sled race kicks off in Alaska

March 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM   |   Comments

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, March 2 (UPI) -- The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race kicked off Saturday in Anchorage, Alaska, with a short showcase of the competitors, officials said.

On Sunday, mushers and their dogs will set out on an 1,000-mile journey from Anchorage to Nome,

Last year's top 10 participants are back this year, plus a handful of others who fall into the top-contender category, the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News reported.

"It's a unique mix of young and old," said reigning champion Dallas Seavey of Willow, who turns 26 on Monday, "and both are at their best and both are in their prime. There's no way to compete with experience but young mushers like me and [Pete Kaiser] have done this their entire lives -- 20-plus years, but we started when we were 5."

The top 30 finishers will split a purse of $600,000 -- $50,400 will go to the winner. Each musher who finishes 31st or lower will receive $1,049.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Former L.A. Laker has his Florida driver's license suspended Former L.A. Laker has his Florida driver's license suspended
2
Jonathan Dwyer of the Cardinals arrested on assault charges Jonathan Dwyer of the Cardinals arrested on assault charges
3
FCS Game of the Week: Montana at North Dakota State
4
Panthers' Greg Hardy takes voluntary leave of absence Panthers' Greg Hardy takes voluntary leave of absence
5
Cornhuskers collide with Hurricanes
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback