A dozen dog teams line up for the mass start to the 2021 Kobuk 440 Sled Dog Race. (Photo by Berett Wilber, KOTZ-Kotzebue) - Kotzebue, AK
A dozen mushers brave wind, snow and whiteout conditions as the Kobuk 440 kicks off
Alaska’s mushing season is coming to a close. The last major race kicked off in Kotzebue Friday afternoon.
Braving heavy winds and below-zero temperatures, a dozen mushers embarked across the sea ice for their chance at claiming victory in this year’s Kobuk 440 Sled Dog Race.
The sound of barking dogs filled the cold air on the Kotzebue Sound sea ice as 12 mushing teams prepared to embark on the Kobuk 440.
It was six degrees below zero, but the heavy winds make it feel more like 34 below. A white fog blanketed the teams.
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