Yukon Quest race begins in Whitehorse, Canada

Handlers restrain a dog team at the start of the Yukon Quest in Whitehorse. Racing dogs often wear booties to protect their feet from extreme cold and abrasive new snow. Heather Avery/CBCTwenty-six mushers started their 1,600 km journey Saturday from Whitehorse, the capital city of Canada’s northwestern Yukon territory to Fairbanks, Alaska, for the 30th running of the Yukon Quest.

Dawson City, Yukon, musher Brian Wilmshurst, who drew bib no.1 on Thursday, was the first to depart at 11 a.m. local time from Shipyards Park.

The first mushers are expected to cross the finish line in Fairbanks in about 10 days.

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