The famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is set to begin this Saturday, but the race has had to maneuver through a series of changes this year because of the lack of snow on the ground along their usual route.
The race was moved from Willow, Alaska to a different starting point in Fairbanks which is about 225 miles north of their original spot!
Maybe they could just ask Boston for some of their snow…
And even now organizers are racing to add snow with the aid of snow machines, sleds, etc. because there are still spots along the 1,000-mile path without a lot of that white stuff!
The race is expected to bring about 78 participants which is why they’re so anxious to pile up more snow on the course — they want to make sure there’s snow to go around!
Here’s what the CEO of Iditarod Stan Hooley said:
“There are certain parts of the trail that are more sensitive and more critical than others. In certain sections, the Dalzell Gorge in particular, it is a big problem, As unfavorable as conditions were by the time the race went through that section of trail last year, it’s even worse this year.”
The route currently in effect is A LOT different than the route in the past and it could prove to be very challenging to racers!
And that’s not even counting the no snow problem that seems to be going on!
Here’s what Hooley said about the new course:
“In a lot of ways, it is going to be very challenging. Some new territory, some very long runs early on in the race that most of the mushers aren’t used to, so that is going to be something very new.”
As long as there are no injuries to any of the dogs or mushers then we’re sure there won’t be a lot of complaints about this new course.
But if the snow is too thin in areas and that leads to any painful accidents then you can bet your bottom there will be A LOT of griping coming from the way of the mushers and possibly even from the the sled dogs themselves! Their complaints will come in the form of barking though, ha!
Safe travels to everyone participating in this storied race!
[Image via AP Images.]