Challenge is a way of life for a musher, though. This is especially true for the 15 women competing in this year's race. Today is International Women's Day, so let's all take an extra moment to salute Anna, Kristy, Laura, Meredith, Karin, Gabe, Aliy, Jessie, Mille, Michelle, Jessica, Zoya, Monica, Kaci, and Paige for being strong, courageous, talented women and inspirations to us all.
While we wait to catch the live footage of the restart, check out an interesting story in the Associated Press ~ Iditarod looks for relevance as race across Alaska starts. Many of you will recognize the starry night photo of Kristy from last year that is featured, and there's an adorable shot of one of Kristy's dogs (Rebel, if I had to guess) peaking out of the dog truck this year. There's also a great video on ADN.com where you'll catch a few moments of both Kristy and Anna at the Ceremonial start, plus lots of adorable, excited dogs and comments from mushers.
Here are some other fun shots I've found online. We all know I'm not there to take pictures myself, so please note the respective credits for each!