Fans kick off Iditarod with ceremony in Anchorage

In downtown Anchorage, Alaska crews are preparing the streets for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod.

Race fans had reason to worry headed into this year’s race, because of Anchorage’s unseasonably warm weather which melted all of the snow.

That was not the case for other parts of Alaska, and race organizers had eight train cars full of snow delivered from Fairbanks. 

In addition to the imported snow, Anchorage was hit with a snow storm Friday morning, ensuring that the race is on. 

Saturday’s ceremonial start is similar to a festival for race fans. 

The actual race begins on Sunday.

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