(NBC News) High in the French Alps, Frenchman Remy Coste has taken the early lead in one of the world’s most challenging dog sled races. The race is an eleven-day trek over a 415 mile course.
Organizers say the course feels like more than 600 miles for dogs and their handlers because of its high elevation. Set among snow-capped mountains in France, 500 dogs will race across the Alps in a series of challenges.
The race kicked off last weekend (Jan 7th), with Coste starting off as the early leader. This year’s run ends on January 18th.