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Sled dog race returns to Fairbanks’ Mushers Hall

By Associated Press 9:24 AM February 11, 2016
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) –

The GCI Open North American Championships will start and finish at the Mushers Hall in Fairbanks for the second straight year.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that officials with the Alaska Dog Mushers Association announced Tuesday that they are moving the March 18 event from the city’s downtown area and back to the Jeff Studdert Racegrounds. The decision was prompted by warm winter weather’s effect on course conditions.

Open water on Noyes Slough led officials to move the start and finish for the second year in a row. The area of concern was a 3-mile section that meets the Chena River and goes to a race crossing at Danby Street.

This year’s sled dog race is expected to have a purse of about $30,000.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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