Iditarod sled race relocates due to lack of snow

An Iditarod competitor
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Perhaps this year, Iditarod sled drivers should shout "slush" instead of "mush." That's because unseasonably warm weather left parts of the race course treacherously slick or bereft of snow, forcing organizers to move Monday's starting point 225 miles north from Willow to Fairbanks.

The ceremonial start of the race still went on as planned Saturday in Anchorage — but only because crews hauled in around 350 truckloads of snow to smooth the course. —Jon Terbush

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