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Photos: 2013 Iditarod ceremonial start in Anchorage

Rudy Demoski, Sr crosses above Northern Lights Blvd. during the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. March 2, 2013
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Martin Buser talks with his handler before the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. March 2, 2013
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Martin Buser's team makes its way to the starting line at the ceremonial start of the 2013 Iditarod in downtown Anchorage on March 2, 2013.
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Lance Mackey comforts his rookie dog Stiffy before the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. The young dog had never seen an Iditarod start before and was a little shy. March 2, 2013
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Father Daniel of Saint Tikhon of Moscow Orthodox Church in Anchorage cheers musher Scott Janssen during the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. Father Daniel blessed the musher and prayed for a safe journey. March 2, 2013
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Renee Brandt, a member of the Iditarod "Pee Team" collects urine samples from the canine competitors during the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. March 2, 2013
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A dog from Martin Buser's team takes a break from the heat before the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. March 2, 2013
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Scott Janssen heads out of the chute during the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. March 2, 2013
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Race fans pack the streets of downtown Anchorage to catch a glimpse of their favorite mushers, in this case 4-time winner Lance Mackey. March 2, 2013
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Pete Kaiser mushes down 4th Avenue in a dense fog during the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. March 2, 2013
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4-time champion Jeff King mushes down 4th Avenue during the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. March 2, 2013
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2012 Iditarod runner-up Aliy Zirkle heads down Anchorage's 4th Ave during the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. March 2, 2013
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A dog in Martin Buser's team before the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. March 2, 2013
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Dogs in Wade Marrs' team wait to be harnessed before the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. March 2, 2013
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Robert Bundtzen's team makes the Cordova Street turn during the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. March 2, 2013
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DeeDee Jonrowe heads down 4th Ave during the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. March 2, 2013
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Jessie Royer mushes down Anchorage's 4th Avenue during the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2013. March 2, 2013
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Despite this year’s erratic weather, warmer temperatures and early lack of snowfall, mushers raced through Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, during the ceremonial start of the 2013 Iditarod on Saturday. Race workers layered Fourth Avenue with snow the night before, making a trail that cut from downtown Anchorage to Campbell Airstrip. The Last Great Race is underway -- kind of. Teams will pack up and commute to Willow for the official start on Sunday.

Veteran musher Martin Buser departed first from downtown. Buser is currently the musher with the most consecutive Iditarod finishes -- 27 races completed in a row, 29 total finishes. He’s gunning for a fifth win.   

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