We are just minutes away from the 2014 Iditarod Ceremonial Start!
Mostly for reasons of keeping the dogs' power under control, each team will consist of only 12 dogs for the Ceremonial Start, rather than the full complement of 16 dogs who will start the actual race tomorrow.
In addition, each team will pull two sleds with mushers and IditaRiders on board. Even with all that weight, the dogs will be so amped up that it will still be hard to keep them under control!
The SPK Red Team will start with Aliy at the helm and Meghan on the tag sled. Allen will skipper the SPK Black team with Moira hanging on for dear life behind him.
According to Iditarod rules, the 12 dogs that run the Ceremonial Start may only run for the same musher in the race. So, although there are still a few roster slots up for grabs, this will give you a pretty good idea of what the final teams will look like:
This Iditarod promises to be as exciting as ever and always... Stay tuned!