Day One of the world's most celebrated dogsled race is in the books, as all of the racers have passed the checkpoint in Willow, Alaska in their quest for Iditarod immortality. Willow is where the race officially begins after the ceremonial start from Anchorage on Saturday. The leaderboard hasn't changed from the official starting order, but once the racers got past Willow, it was officially on like Donkey Kong.
The weather is getting even colder — it's currently 5 degrees Fahrenheit in Willow — and the farther Northwest they go, the colder and darker it will get. You can see from the map that the race isn't getting any easier
The next checkpoint is 30 miles from Willow in Yentna station, 892 miles from the finish line. For the first time in race history, the Iditarod is less than 1,000 miles, but it still won't be wrapping up anytime soon.
Coverage of the 2012 Iditarod can be found on the official website. With a subscription, one can watch video of the ceremonial start, track riders by way of GPS and watch video from the various checkpoints. For continued update throughout the race, keep it with this StoryStream.