|Musher staged at the starting line; handlers have just let go of the traces, awaiting the "Go!" from the announcer|
|Crowds to the west of the starting line, on 4th Avenue|
|Crowd east of the starting line, along the route & stacked in the parking garage|
Today's start is ceremonial only, used for fund-raising purposes. You'll notice a rider in the sled; these seats are auctioned to the highest bidders, and can bring $10K in donation per rider.
The racers will leave the line in the same order as tomorrow's official re-start in Willow (or is it Big Lake?). There are 66 teams this year. It's fair to say fewer than that will cross the finish line in Nome.
|It's more fun to see them up close & personal, away from downtown, as they pass by so close that you can shake their hands|
|Racer interacting with spectators|
|Me, awaiting the next team. It was about -10 that morning; it's to be 40 degrees warmer today.|