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.