PHOTOS: Iditarod mushers leave Deshka Landing in unique start

Teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race headed up the Susitna River on its way towards the Alaska Range.

Mushers left Deshka Landing Sunday afternoon with blue skies and mild temperatures. The 46 mushers will continue north and begin to cross the Alaska Range on Monday.

• • •

More Iditarod coverage:

An Iditarod like no other? Some mushers aren’t too concerned about adapting to this year’s changes

Is the Iditarod still happening? Yes. Will it end in Nome? No. Here’s what to know about the 2021 race.

Aliy Zirkle and Allen Moore reflect on their mushing careers and discuss why they’re retiring after the 2021 Iditarod

Video: Aliy Zirkle thanks fans before her final Iditarod

Last year, an Iditarod rookie made it about 96% of the way to Nome. It has haunted him ever since.

Pandemic forces route change, other precautions for Iditarod

Marc Lester

Marc Lester is a multimedia journalist for Anchorage Daily News. Contact him at

Bill Roth

Bill Roth is a staff photojournalist at the Anchorage Daily News.