Iditarod 2020: Too much snow will make it hard this year

Iditarod 2020: Too much snow will make it hard this year

Iditarod 2020: Too much snow will make it hard this year

Bezanson musher Aaron Peck is in 11th place so far at the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska.

In addition to snow accumulated over the course of almost 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers), Iditarod mushers will likely encounter below-freezing temperatures, said Nordman, who has worked with the race for more than three decades.

A photograph showed a trail breaker standing in chest-deep snow in the area of the Happy River steps between Finger Lake and Rainy Pass. And Anchorage, where the race starts, just had its 6th snowiest February on record.

Interest in the world's most famous sled dog race has waned in recent years, in part because of smaller cash prizes that make it hard for mushers to compete in an expensive sport.

Not a single day in the last two weeks has had a high temperature above freezing, so most of that snow hasn't melted. "I won't ever say too much snow, but it's been a challenge to get trail put in", race director Mark Nordman said. The first run from Willow to finger lake is 112 miles.

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This week, the organization announced Alaska Airlines is dropping its sponsorship after this year's race, following PETA protests outside its Seattle headquarters and meetings with PETA representatives.

"This year we've had a lot of snow". Over the past five years, three of Alaska's top 20 Februarys have had low snowfall.

February 2019 was in 20th place, February 2016 was in 12th place, and February 2015 was in 8th place for the least amount of snowfall accumulation.

The victor is expected there about 10 or 11 days after the start. However, the fastest competition was completed in 8 days, 3 hours and 40 minutes.

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