The Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race from Whitehorse, YT to Fairbanks, AK started today. The twenty-six mushers and their teams left Whitehorse in balmy 20 degree weather, which is a bit warm for the dogs, but great for the fans that lined up along the route.
The 1000 mile international race is touted as the toughest on earth, as it travels historic gold rush and mail delivery dog sled routes from the turn of the 20th Century.
Last year the Quest was won by Hugh Neff in 9d 16h 59m.
Photo by Jeff Richardson/Daily News-Miner