Dave Higgins Photography

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The winter of 2015 has been freakishly warm and dry in parts of Alaska, forcing the Iditarod race start from Willow (near Anchorage) north to Fairbanks. Fortunately, the ceremonial start proceeded as scheduled on March 7th in Anchorage. Since I was in the area for a ski trip, I spent the morning photographing the festivities.

Here’s a sampling of my photos from the day.

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Jessie Royer starts outJessie Royer starts out

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Izzy the Vaccination DogIzzy the Vaccination Dog. There appeared to be numerous tie-ins between the Iditarod and healthcare – possibly because the inspiration for the event was the 1925 dog team relay to get medicine to Nome to fight a diphtheria outbreak.

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Dog staging areaStaging area for one of the teams

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Handsome HuskyHandsome Husky

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Waiting for the race to beginWaiting for the race to begin

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Aliy Zirkle meets the pressAliy Zirkle, one of the race favorites, meets the press

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Travis Beals & friendsTravis Beals & friends

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Yuka Honda leads her team to the startYuka Honda leads her team to the start

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Future Mushers?Future DeeDee Jonrowe?

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Heidi Sutter is ready to head outHeidi Sutter, ready to start

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About to startLaura Allaway’s team at the start

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Laura Allaway heads offLaura Allaway heads off

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Becca Moore waves to the crowdBecca Moore waves to the crowd

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Rob Cooke of Canada was the first offRob Cooke of Canada was the first off

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Maintaining the snow was a constant jobMaintaining the snow was a constant job

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Dogs of Isabelle Travadon, a rookie from FranceDogs of Isabelle Travadon, a rookie from France

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Thomas Waerner of Norway passes a dogteam muralThomas Waerner of Norway passes a dog team mural

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Two young fans in the crowdTwo young fans in the crowd have mixed reactions as a team goes by

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Ken Anderson's dogs take the turn tightKen Anderson’s dogs take the turn tightly

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Nathan Schroeder & passenger take a spillNathan Schroeder & passenger take a spill at the turn

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21-DeeDeeJonroweIsKnownForHerPinkOutfitCrowd favorite DeeDee Jonrowe, a breast cancer survivor, is known for her bright pink outfit

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4-time winner Lance Mackey talks with a musher handler4-time winner Lance Mackey talks with a musher handler

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Ray Redington Jr. waves to the crowdRay Redington Jr. waves to the crowd

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4th Avenue after all the teams have gone4th Avenue after all the teams have gone

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All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2015; all rights reserved.

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