Warm weather having impract on Yukon Quest, trail changes

FAIRBANKS-Today it was announced that the start and finish line lines have been moved. The start in Fairbanks will be on 2nd Avenue.

It's actually the original starting point of the historic race. Then ice on the Chena is the reason for the move.

In Whitehorse Yukon the finish has changed from downtown Whitehorse to Takhini Hot Springs Road off the North Klondike Highway. Trail conditions in that area is reportedly dangerous.

Yesterday Race Marshall Doug Grilliot in press release announced that the trail has been re-routed between Eagle, Alaska and Whitehorse, Yukon. The mushers will not go over American Summit. Trail teams deemed the Summit impassable.

The route will now go directly down the Yukon River from Eagle to Dawson. That cuts off 50 miles from the race. This due to the warm weather and fluctuating temps.

Last year at the start in Whitehorse, Yukon it was negative six. When the raced ended last year in Fairbanks it was about six degrees.

Also Megan Routely withdrew from the Yukon 300 and the field is now down to 16.

The 1,000 mile dog sled race is still on schedule to start at 11 am in Downtown Fairbanks near First Ave.