|Iditarod sled dog race kicks off this weekend|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska kicks off this weekend as usual, after warm winter weather nearly prompted officials to move the start hundreds of miles north to Fairbanks for the first time in a decade.
Temperatures have dropped, improving trail conditions and allowing the 42nd running of the world’s most famous sled dog race to start as normal in Willow, about 50 miles north of Anchorage. The 1,000-mile race spans two mountain ranges, dangerous wilderness and the wind-whipped Bering Sea coast.
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