September 30, 2014
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race's competitive starting point could move to Fairbanks.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1d6RSWf ) that race officials sent an email to mushers Friday saying poor trail conditions in the Alaska Range may force the 1,000-mile race to start in Fairbanks. Race officials say a decision will made on Feb. 17 on the starting point.
The ceremonial start of the race is scheduled for March 1 in Anchorage and the official start is set for the next day in Willow, about 50 miles north. If the race is moved to Fairbanks, the competitive start would move to March 3 to give mushers time to make the 360-mile drive north.
In the email, Iditarod race manager Mark Nordman says the organization is concerned about the trail from the top of Rainy Pass to Nikolai.