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Alaska ready for Iditarod


Lots of snow for 2004 race

The 2003 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was plagued with warm weather and little snow and much of the course was re-routed far north of Anchorage.

This year, a lack of snow should not be a problem, according to Jan Newton, long-time Takotna, Alaska, resident and Iditarod checkpoint coordinator.

We have plenty of snow, three feet maybe, she said. Its piled up everywhere.

Takotna, population 55, is a favorite musher checkpoint 418 miles into the race. The community rolls out the welcome mat for the racers.  more...



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