Not that US media seems to notice, but the BBC reports
the start of the dog sled race in memory of the relay of diphtheria vaccine by dog sled from Anchorage to Nome in 1925 to combat an outbreak.
With Eight Below
, a movie about sled dogs doing well in theaters, you would think that ABC News would cover it to slip in a Disney ad, but nothing.
This is a real test of the partnership of an individual and a pack of dogs. The dogs get more rest, more food, and more care than the mushers, if they don't, the team could lose more than a race.