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.

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Marc Lester

Marc Lester

Marc Lester is a multimedia journalist for Anchorage Daily News. Contact him at mlester@adn.com.

Bill Roth

Photojournalist Bill Roth, a University of Alaska Anchorage graduate, has been working at the ADN over 37 years.