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Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska starts Saturday

Pam Aviza and her dogs have long dreamed of running and winning the Iditarod. Her fundraising for the event began many months ago and includes a page on gofundme.com, where supporters can donate funds to help her and her dogs realize the Iditarod dream.

Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska starts Saturday

By Laura Kittell. CREATED Feb 28, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — They're getting ready to run the dogs in Anchorage.

The 42nd Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starts Saturday in Alaska's largest city. This is the noncompetitive start, and a festival-like atmosphere will be evident as mushers greet fans and take a leisurely 11-mile run on urban trails in Anchorage.

The real race starts Sunday in Willow, about 50 miles north of Anchorage. That's the official start of the race that will see mushers go over two mountain ranges.

They'll also mush on the Yukon River and on the frozen Bering Sea coast in the quest to be the first to reach Nome.

The nearly 1,000-mile race will end in about 10 days on Alaska's western coast.