For 2nd consecutive year, Iditarod eyes Fairbanks start

The head of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will meet with Fairbanks officials next week to discuss possibly starting the 1,000-mile race in that city because of poor snow conditions in southcentral Alaska.

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Pete Kaiser in the 2015 Iditarod ceremonial start. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)
Pete Kaiser in the 2015 Iditarod ceremonial start. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Stan Hooley will meet with Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel and others to discuss the alternate northern start.

The Iditarod board of directors will make a decision by Feb. 12. The ceremonial start of the race is scheduled for March 5 in Anchorage.

Low snow led Iditarod officials to move the race start to Fairbanks in 2003 and again last year.

Kassel says he wants to make a plan for hosting the race start in future years and says the community needs a routine instead of an emergency response.