Mille Porsild, from Denmark, makes the Cordova Corner during the ceremonial start of the 2023 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 4, 2023. (Bob Hallinen Photo)
Under bluebird skies Saturday, the 33 mushers competing in the 2023 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race drove their dog teams along city streets and wooded trails for the race’s ceremonial start, waving to spectators and receiving cheers and high-fives from fans during their 11-mile tour through Anchorage.
Emily Mesner is a multimedia journalist for the Anchorage Daily News. She previously worked for the National Park Service at Denali National Park and Preserve and the Western Arctic National Parklands in Kotzebue, at the Cordova Times and at the Jackson Citizen Patriot in Jackson, Michigan.