Iditarod has had its share of problems and scandals lately. However the ceremonial start in Anchorage is a unique event and fun experience. Might seem like a bit of a barking dog madhouse on 4th Ave during the start. The trail becomes more remote and less accessible the farther you get from Anchorage and Palmer areas. Despite recent bad press, I still support Alaska’s Last Great Race. PETA can protest all it wants. Alaskans support the Iditarod and dog mushing.