Mushers and their dogs have been running across the Alps in France to compete in the 11-day La Grande Odyssee sled dogs race 2012.

The race, dubbed as the toughest race in the world, covers over 1000 km (621 miles) across the slopes of the Alps in France.

Check out below the latest pictures from the race as thousands of people gathered to watch the exhilarating event set against the backdrop of the majestic, snow-clad Alps.