2019 Fur Rondy World Championship Sled Dog Races begin

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - It wouldn't be Fur Rondy without the sled dog racing championships.

Sled dog teams from all over the world descend on Alaska this weekend.

The 2019 races kicked off in downtown Anchorage on Friday. The teams start and finish on 4th Avenue, and cover 26 miles of trail.

Called the "Sled Dog Steeplechase," it's a three-day event, starting on February 22 and going until February 24th.

Six-time world Champion Blayne "Buddy" Streeper is looking for his seventh win and nothing, not even a little car trouble, will get in his way.

"This is my Super Bowl. To me this is my biggest race in the sport," he said with a grin. "We absolutely love coming to Anchorage-- the people, the spectators, my friends, fellow dog mushers. It's just awesome."

Here are the day one results. The races continue through Sunday, February 24th.

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