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Mushers Set Off From Alaska Town as Iditarod Race Begins

Eighty-five mushers set off Sunday to conquer the toughest terrain this nation has to offer, vying to become the first to reach Alaska's western coast with their dog teams.   Scott Janssen, an undertaker from Anchorage who is known as the Mushing Mortician, was the first to leave across Willow Lake in the staggered start to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.   Dallas Seavey was only wearing a long-sleeved shirt as he packed his sled under blue skies and warm temperatures. He...

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