by Kevin Wells
Thursday, March 4, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Iditarod's field of 71 mushers assembled in Anchorage Thursday night for the race's start draw.
The musher banquet is one of the few chances for race fans to mingle with their favorite mushers prior to Saturday's ceremonial start. The 2010 race promises to not only be exciting, but also could be historic as Lance Mackey goes after an unprecedented fourth-consecutive Iditarod title.
"There's a lot of competitors who would not like to hear that. They're going to do their best to try to prevent that from happening, but I'm determined to try to make it happen," Mackey said.
"We have a really awesome dog team, and I think we've got as good a chance as anyone. This is a dog team that can definitely win," said Mitch Seavey, who won the 2004 race.
Some notable starting positions:
Willow's Linwood Fiedler draws the No. 2 position and will leave the chute first.