ANCHORAGE - The sounds of barking and commotion from a large, excited crowd filled the streets at the start of the World Championship sprint race. Teams anxiously waited their turn to start.
The 26 mile course began in downtown Anchorage – an unusual start for a sled dog race. "It's a really weird thing, it's an ancient sport,” said race rookie Greg Sellentin. “You're strapping yourself to 14 or 16 dogs and you're running through an urban environment, so anything can happen.”
Race veteran Bill Kornmuller added, "It's not the 26 miles, it's the bridges, the tunnels, all the other teams, moose, [and] skiers."
"The best part about running here is the first second, of the first day, when they say go and everyone is fresh and excited,” said Will Kornmuller. “From your dogs, and the crowd, and you and you go flying down the street.”
Near Ship Creek sculptors began transforming blocks of snow into works of art.
Artist Gary Lyon said it's a tall order to carve out an eight by eight-foot block, "To see a very large piece, that's bigger than yourself, when it's finished is kind of fun to do and it's just a whole other mode of expression."
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