ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Weeks of heavy snow followed by warmer temperatures left many Iron Dog racers wondering what the 2012 trail was going to be like.
Turns out it's fast, at least for the first day of racing.
The 2012 Iron Dog got underway just after 11 a.m. on Sunday under partly cloudy skies on Big Lake.
Dusty VanMeter and Marc McKenna were the first team out of the chute, followed by the rest of the field.
Team 2, Ryan Sottosanti and Andrew Zwink led much of the way, according to the Iron Dog GPS tracker, but it was team 39, Tyler Aklestad and Aaron Loyer, that recorded the fastest time to Puntilla that race marshall Chris Graeber has ever seen.
Team 39 decided to take the optional six-hour layover in Puntilla, after Graeber reported that Aaron Loyer got into some water. The sleds are reportedly fine.