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February 10, 2015 at 10:22 PM

Iditarod committee votes to move start of race to Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Iditarod Trail Committee board of directors has voted to move the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the board unanimously voted to move the 1,000-mile competition because of low snow conditions in south-central Alaska.

The event begins with a ceremonial start March 7 in Anchorage. Dog teams carrying passengers make a leisurely 11-mile run from downtown to an airstrip on the city’s east side.

Actual racing begins a day later and usually starts in Willow. The trail takes mushers and dogs through the Alaska Range, down the Yukon River and along the Bering Sea coast to the old gold rush town of Nome.

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