If you can’t make it to Alaska for the 2016 Iditarod Great Sled Race, Google Street View has you covered with some cool images from the 2015 race.
Last year, a Google employee outfitted with the Google Street View Trekker camera captured some interesting photos of the race, which spanned roughly 1,000 miles, while tagging along with the mushers and their dogs, Google Maps reported on its blog. And now, Google has shared the photos on Google Maps so you can tag along on the adventure, too.
The photos offer a first-hand look of the trail:
Dogs resting at checkpoints:
And even some sledding fails:
You certainly get a sense of Alaska’s beauty:
This year, 85 teams, each averaging 16 dogs per team, are entered in the annual event, scheduled to start in Anchorage on Saturday. They’ll race through more than 20 checkpoints on the northern route, which is taken during even years, according to Iditarod.com.
The 2016 race is 8 miles shorter than the previous race due to the fact that there isn’t enough snow on the ground for the dogs to pull the sleds, according to NBC News. Imagine that. Not enough snow. In Alaska.
The lack of snow can have negative effects on the race and the racers. Times will probably run slower, and there may be greater chances for mishaps.
So what did race organizers do to remedy the lack of the white stuff? They commissioned Alaska Railroad to haul seven freight cars full of snow to Anchorage so racers will be able to mush through the streets of the city. At least the city of Anchorage, which is a short part of the race, will be covered with snow. The race to Nome promises to be more interesting for the dog-sled teams as the length of the trail does have snow, but the temperatures are expected to hit 43 degrees Fahrenheit with no snow in the forecast.