Iditarod show goes on despite lack of snow

Mar 7, 2015 2:18 PM by News Staff

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Conditions in Anchorage, Alaska, couldn't be worse for a sled dog race on Saturday.

But dog teams and fans are mushing ahead in near 40-degree temperatures and a light rain for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

It's conditions like this that prompted officials to move the official start nearly 300 miles north, over the Alaska Range, to more winter-like conditions in Fairbanks. The race starts Monday.

Saturday's run is a fun-filled event for fans to meet mushers, have their photos taken with them and a chance to pet the dogs.

Even in the warm weather, the Anchorage 11-mile run is possible because the city works department trucked in snow overnight to put down over about 19-blocks before the mushers move onto Anchorage's extensive trail system.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


Most Popular