Fur Rondy sled dog races ‘are a go’: Lack of snow shortens course
Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Executive Director Jeff Barney says this year’s World Championship Sled Dog Races have been shortened due to lack of snow.
Snowfall accumulation reached new record lows this winter. While snow has been trucked to downtown Anchorage for winter events — like the World Championship Sled Dog Races, the Iditarod ceremonial start and Iron Dog — the lack of snow has presented challenges.
“Usually held as a 26-mile steeplechase of high speed sled dog racing, weather and trail conditions have made this race impossible,” Barney said in a statement. “Instead championship sled dog teams will compete for the $25,000 purse in intense sprints starting and finishing on Fourth Avenue, circling Mulcahy Stadium.”
The races will be held at noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
A change was also made to the bib draw, which, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been bumped to Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Anchorage Lofts Hotel on Fourth Avenue.
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