Coast Guard sponsored musher begins the Iditarod

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Coast Guard sponsored Iditarod musher Ken Anderson departs on the first leg of the 40th running of the Iditarod, March 3, 2012. The Coast Guard is sponsoring Anderson in the 40th Iditarod as part of an outreach effort to the villages in remote northern Alaska and in tribute to the Coast Guard's historical partnership with the people of Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Gwen Holdmann helps her husband Coast Guard sponsored Iditarod musher Ken Anderson put on his race bib prior to starting the Anchorage Ceremonial start of the 40th Iditarod March 3, 2012. The Coast Guard is sponsoring Anderson an 11-year Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race veteran during his 12th running of the Iditarod, which is known as "The last great race on Earth." U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley