ANCHORAGE -

Iditarod XLII began Saturday in Anchorage, with Deby Trosper take the honorary lead on what is known as The Last Great Race.

Today will see 68 mushers take off from Willow for the official restart of the race, traveling over 1,100 miles to reach the coast, and Nome.

New Zealand's Curt Perano is set to leave at 2 p.m., the first official musher to cross the start line. Following him are mushers from 7 states (including Alaska) and 7 countries, among them 6 returning champions.

The race restart was almost move to Fairbanks before a decision made last week to keep it in Willow. Weather conditions left the trail in conditions that worried officials and mushers alike, but some are trying to look on the bright side, trusting that conditions have improved over the last few days.

As the race continues over the next 9 to 12 days, Channel 2 will have the latest updates and media available. An Iditarod Pre-Race special was aired at 9:30 a.m. before the ceremonial start, and can be viewed by clicking the following links: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4