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Warm weather could bring Yukon Quest race changes

By Associated Press 1:52 PM January 26, 2014

Race officials say trail crews in both Alaska and the Yukon are in the process of doing a thorough review of trail conditions.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – A Yukon Quest race official says unseasonably warm weather has affected trail conditions, but the 1,000-mile Fairbanks-to-Whitehorse sled dog race will start Feb. 1 as planned.

Race Marshal Doug Grilliot posted a race update on the Yukon Quest website saying “there have been absolutely no discussions to cancel or delay the race.”

He says changes could be made if conditions warrant. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/MBmzr0 ) the start location, normally on the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks, could be moved or modified. The trail could also be rerouted.

Grilliot said trail crews in both Alaska and the Yukon were in the process of doing a thorough review of trail conditions.

Temperatures have climbed into the 40s along much of the trail route in the past week and were accompanied by several bouts of freezing rain. Cooler weather is forecast for early this week.

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

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