Yukon Quest kicks off from Whitehorse

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory It really doesn't feel like winter until you say the words Yukon Quest.

The 1,000 mile international sled dog race kicked off from Whitehorse early on Saturday morning.

Hundreds of people came out to cheer on the 30 mushers as they begin the long trek down to Fairbanks.

Currently in the lead is Hans Gatt, but he is closely followed by 2017 Quest winner Matt Hall and defending champion Allen Moore.

This is a developing story. We will continue to update this article as the race continues.