Google Street View Gets You Up Close And Personal With The Iditarod Dog Sled Race

Google tagged along on The Last Great Race On Earth in 2015 and now you can, too.

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Ever wonder what it's like to compete in the Iditarod dog sled race? Via Google Street View

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:

Via Google Street View

Dean Osmar, the 1984 Iditarod Champion, towed a secondary sled carrying a Google employee wearing the Street View Trekker camera. Via Google Street View

Dogs resting at checkpoints:

These dogs are resting after a long race schedule. Via Google Street View

The dogs  sleep on straw to escape the cold snow on the ground. Via Google Street View

And even some sledding fails:

Not much snow here as a sled goes down. Via Google Street View

Not much snow here as a sled goes down during the 2015 race. Via Google Street View

You certainly get a sense of Alaska’s beauty:

The camera following racer 80. Via Google Street View

Not a bad view. Via Google Street View

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

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.

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