Warmer weather, fear of thin ice moves official start of Iditarod off Chena River ice


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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The start of the world's most famous sled dog race has changed again.

Authorities with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race last month moved the start of the race from Willow to Fairbanks because of a lack of snow in the greater Anchorage area.

Now, the race is getting a new start location within Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/okh51e) warmer weather prompted concern that ice on the Chena River is too thin to accommodate the weight of mushers, dogs and volunteers needed at the start.

Officials on Monday announced the race will move a couple hundred feet north and start on land March 9. Mushers will travel for a few miles before jumping back on the river.

The ceremonial start remains in Anchorage on Saturday morning.

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

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