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Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Big problem with Iditarod: Plenty of mushers, sleds, but little snow
Big problem with Iditarod: Plenty of mushers, sleds, but little snow

In order to be a champion musher, you need dogs, sleds, a sense of athletic adventure and -- oh, yeah -- snow. Getting three out of four might work in baseball or basketball, but it just doesn’t count when it comes to the Iditarod, the 975-mile race that traditionally tests human and animal against Alaska’s elements. Let’s face it: Without snowy, icy, even blizzard conditions, the race is nothing more than a fast, painful trek along Iditarod National Historic Trail. And this year the lack of snow along parts of the route have caused problems. Meteorologists are blaming an especially warm January, the third-warmest in the 96 years of records. The warmth melted snow,...

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