Sleds Off as 41st Iditarod Race Begins in Alaska

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WILLOW, Alaska (AP) - Dogs aching to run have launched the 41st running of Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

By the time all the dogs are out of the chute Sunday, 65 teams will be making their way through punishing wilderness toward the finish line in Nome on Alaska's western coast 1,000 miles away.

The Iditarod kicked off Saturday with an 11-mile jaunt through Anchorage, 50 miles south of the real starting line in the town of Willow.

Sunday's event marked the competitive portion of the race.

The first musher to reach Nome will win a new truck and a cash prize of $50,400. The rest of the $600,000 purse will be split between the next 29 mushers to cross the finish line.