The 2012 Iditarod is finally under way after Saturday's ceremonial start and Sunday's mostly calm run to the first real checkpoint in Yentna Station. Over the weekend, the race began with the traditional start in Anchorage, after which the field lined up once again for the restart, or real start, in Willow. The entire field is now on the course, battling the conditions in Alaska as they head toward Nome.
The early part of the Iditarod is mostly a feeling out period. The strategy for the race will come into play later -- including when and where to take mandatory rest periods. Most of the teams are plodding along on their journey, with quite a long way to go until even the halfway point.
The weather along the Iditarod course remains frigid, but without a lot of moisture in the air. As of Sunday night, temperatures ranged from the low teens near the start of the race to some 20 degrees below zero further north. Thus far, the race has been pretty mild as far as the weather is concerned.