Iditarod not coming to Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS-After a two hour meeting this morning Iditarod race officials reached a unanimous decision to keep the Iditarod restart will in Willow.

Stan Hooley, the Iditarod Executive Director, cited that the ice leading up to and along the Susitna and Yentna rivers would be thick enough to support heavy equipment that would turn ice into snow. It's about a 65 mile stretch of trail from the Willow area that will need to be groomed.

A restart in Fairbanks would have been around the Pike's Landing area. The last time the restart was in Fairbanks was in 2003.

The restart in Willow will be Sunday Mar. 2 at 2 p.m.

Sources: KTUU, Anchorage Daily News

Here is a link to the official press release--