Excitement runs high at the start of the 2020 Yukon Quest in Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Fifteen dog mushers from three countries began an epic 1,000-mile journey from Fairbanks, Alaska in the U.S. to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in Canada.

Dogs excitedly wait to begin their 1,000-mile journey to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in Canada. (John Dougherty/KTVF)

The 37th annual running of the race began in downtown Fairbanks Saturday as hundreds of spectators cheered on the teams in nearly 20-below zero temperatures at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center. Fans shouted as excited dogs launched their sleds down the shoot gate.

The winner of the race is expected to finish within the next two weeks in Whitehorse. The Yukon Quest changes direction every year, meaning next year's race will begin in Whitehorse and finish in Fairbanks.

Mushers will visit nine checkpoints along the trail as they make their way towards the finish line. Tune into the CBS News 13 broadcast for updates on the race standings.

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