Photos: Fur Rondy sled dog races start with fanfare and slushy conditions

Nineteen mushers crossed the starting line Friday as they competed in the first of three races held this weekend during the 2022 Fur Rendezvous World Championship Sled Dog Races in Anchorage.

People lined Fourth Avenue downtown to watch as dog teams passed, mushing on swaths of newly added snow.

Nearby, at the intersection of West 15th Avenue and Cordova Street, a team of volunteers spent the afternoon shoveling snow from sidewalks onto the middle of the road to ensure the pavement remained covered for the teams.

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As teams returned to Cordova Street, they faced a difficult run uphill but were cheered on by spectators who whistled and clapped for the dogs and mushers.

The sprint mushing teams will travel the same 25-mile route across Anchorage again on Saturday and Sunday for a total of 75 miles. They are competing for $60,000 in prizes. Each race starts at noon in downtown Anchorage at Fourth Avenue and D Street.

Emily Mesner

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.