. . . and the sled dogs will be running their hearts out in the ice and snow. I've never seen working animals who enjoy themselves quite so much as sled dogs, particularly when they're running hard. Their sheer joie de vivre puts almost everything and everyone else to shame.
For overseas readers, who may not know much about the race, here's a brief introduction.
And here are two video clips from National Geographic about sled dogs.
And when the race is over, you can join in Alaska's semi-unofficial anthem.