Alberta musher Aaron Peck will be the first to leave the Deshka Landing start line Sunday when the 49th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins.
Peck drew the No. 2 bib during a virtual bib draw last week — the No. 1 bib traditionally is worn by an honorary musher.
The start order was digitally generated, one of many steps the race is taking this year in an effort to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Usually, the draw happens at a prerace banquet attended by hundreds of people as well as the mushers.
A field of 47 mushers, including 12 rookies, are entered in the 49th annual race, which will go as far as the ghost town of Iditarod and then make a loop to a ghost town called Flat before returning to Deshka Landing. The new route takes the race out of towns and villages and reduced the mileage from 1,000 to 850 miles.
Teams will leave in two-minute intervals Sunday.
Peck is a five-time finisher whose best finish came in 2019, when he placed 23rd and received the Herbie Nayokpuk Award, given to the musher who best represents the spirit of Nayokpuk, an early race pioneer known for bringing a good attitude to the trail.
The second musher to leave will be 2019 champion Pete Kaiser of Bethel. Kaiser is one of four past champs in the race, along with Martin Buser, Dallas Seavey and Joar Leifseth Ulsom.
Iditarod start order
2) Aaron Peck, Grande Prairie, Canada
3) Pete Kaiser, Bethel
4) Kristy Berington, Knik
5) Jeremy Traska, Two Rivers (R)
6) Richie Diehl, Aniak
7) Jeff Deeter, Fairbanks
8) Dennis Kananowicz, Tolsona
9) Ramey Smyth, Willow
10 Nicolas Petit, Girdwood
11) Gunnar Johnson, Duluth, Minn.
12) Hal Hanson, Kenai (R)
13) Anna Berington, Knik
14) Ryne Olson, Two Rivers
15) Brenda Mackey, Two Rivers (R)
16) Riley Dyche, Fairbanks
17) Matt Hall, Two Rivers
18) Chad Stoddard, Anchorage (R)
19) Christopher Parker, Fairbanks (R)
20) Ryan Redington, Skagway
21) Brent Sass, Eureka
22) Joanna Jagow, Fairbanks (R)
23) Dallas Seavey, Talkeetna
24) Jessie Royer, Fairbanks
25) Wade Marrs, Willow
26) Michelle Phillips, Tagish, Canada
27) Will Troshynski, Fairbanks (R)
28) Mille Porsild, Denmark
29) Matt Failor, Willow
30) Joshua McNeal, Fairbanks (R)
31) Susannah Tuminelli, Willow (R)
32) Aliy Zirkle, Two Rivers
33) Travis Beals, Seward
34) Martin Buser, Big Lake
35) Sean Williams, Chugiak (R)
36) Aaron Burmeister, Nome/Nenana
37) Cody Strathe, Fairbanks
38) Lev Shvarts, Willow
39) Dakota Schlosser, Willow (R)
40) Dan Kaduce, Chatanika
41) Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Norway
42) Paige Drobny, Cantwell
43) Larry Daugherty, Eagle River
44) Jessie Holmes, Brushkana
45) Rick Casillo, Talkeetna
46) Cindy Gallea, Wykoff, Minn.
47) Sean Underwood, Talkeetna (R)
48) Victoria Hardwick, Bethel