And they're off!
71 mushers are taking part in a grueling test for them and their dogs -- the 2010 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. And today, a Canadian musher was the first to leave the Finger Lake checkpoint.
Sebastian Schnuelle, a veteran from Whitehorse, is taking part in this year's race. He left the first checkpoint early this morning, which was 170 kilometres into the trail.
The Iditarod began in 1973. It's the most popular sporting event in Alaska. Over eight to fifteen days, the mushers and their dogs will travel from Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast, covering nearly 2,500 kilometres.
Make sure you tune into Weather News at :12 and :42 minutes past each hour for updates on the Iditarod throughout the race.