A lack of snow south of the Alaska Range created treacherous trail conditions, forcing Iditarod officials to move the start of the sled dog race to Monday in Fairbanks.

But Anchorage still staged the traditional ceremonial start to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. City crews overnight delivered up to 350 dump truck loads of snow and spread it out over city blocks so the show could go on. The festivities started Saturday morning in very un-Iditarod like conditions, almost 40 degrees and a light rain.

The event is for fans who can't be on the rugged thousand-mile trail from Fairbanks to Nome. Fans met the mushers, had their photos taken, and petted one of the 1,000 or so dogs that will be in the race. - AP