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The 50th Iditarod race starts with 49 mushers

The winner is expected to cross the finish line in the Nome coastal community in western Alaska about nine days after the start.

WILLOW, Alaska – The 50th run of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began Sunday with 49 hunters looking out over the west coast of Alaska.

The race will cover the ruthless and unforgiving terrain of Alaska, including two mountain ranges, the frozen Yukon River and the unexpected Bering Sea ice.

The winner is expected to cross the finish line in the Nome coastal community in western Alaska about nine days after the start.

For the first time in 2021, the race did not end in Nome due to a pandemic. Instead, the race began in Willow, Iditarod went to the ghost town, and then Willowa doubled again.

Dallas Seavey is the winner of the 2021 race, the same as Rick Svenson, who has won the most in five years in each. Svenson, 71, last won in 1991 and has not competed in Iditarod since 2012.

Seavey tries to make history by becoming the first musher to win six titles. Seavey said he would probably take a break after this year’s race to spend time with his daughter.

There are two four-time champions in the race with Martin Buser and Jeff King. Buser escapes at the 39th Iditarodo, and King began to lead Nic Petit’s team a few days before the race after Petit said on Facebook that he had signed a contract with COVID-19. There are also 2018 winner Joar Leifseth Ulsom and 2019 winner Pete Kaiser in the race.

Fifteen mushers, including Petit and Thomas Vaerner of Norway, the 2020 winner who failed to provide travel documents to the United States, registered, but withdrew before the race began.

The 50th Iditarod race starts with 49 mushers

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