Less than two weeks until the contest starts, the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race is making changes to the 2019 competition. The changes come after careful consideration and reports of difficult trail conditions, according to a release from race officials Monday.

Mushers will be able to start the race with between eight and 14 dogs and run to Braeburn. From there, they'll have to truck about 40 miles to Carmacks where they can add any remaining dogs to their teams, up to the maximum of 14. The teams will restart from Carmacks 12 hours after they check in to Braeburn.

Race officials say they continue to review trail conditions and will make any changes needed to keep dogs and mushers safe.

On Friday, Yukon Quest officials announced that the Yukon Quest's 300-mile race would be shortened due to a lack of snow. The YQ300 runs along the first 300 miles of the 1,000-mile race.

The 36th annual 1,000-mile Yukon Quest is scheduled to start in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m.

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