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Low Snow Prompts Iditarod to Move Race's Start

Ryan Anderson won the John Beargrease sled dog race for the third time this year. Anderson will compete in the Idiatrod race for the first time this year. Photo: WDIO/File
Ryan Anderson won the John Beargrease sled dog race for the third time this year. Anderson will compete in the Idiatrod race for the first time this year.

February 10, 2017 03:40 PM

A lack of snow in the Alaska Range is forcing the start of the world's most famous sled dog race from the Anchorage area to Fairbanks for the second time in three years.

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race officials made the announcement Friday during a board meeting in Anchorage.

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The ceremonial start will be held as normal in Anchorage on March 4. Instead of having the official start the next day in Willow, about 50 miles north of Anchorage, the race will begin in Fairbanks on March 6.

Low snow conditions near Rainy Pass and the Dalzell Gorge, which is dangerous even in good conditions, prompted the Iditarod board to move the race.

The race also started from Fairbanks in 2003 and 2015.

Two Minnesota mushers are competing in the race, including rookie Ryan Anderson from Ray and veteran Nathan Schroeder of Warba.

Anderson won the Minnesota John Beargrease sled dog race for the third time this year.

Anderson told Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WDIO-TV, he competed in the Beargrease in order to train for the Iditarod. 

RELATED: Ryan Anderson Wins Beargrease Sled Dog Race for 3rd Time

Schroeder finished in 45th place last year after dropping 20 spots due to illness.

RELATED: Minnesota Musher Completes Iditarod in Alaska Despite Illness 

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