AK’s Iditarod will have some Route Changes this YearFriday, February 3rd, 2012
While officials and organizers, as well as participants and volunteers, are getting ready for the world famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race this year, officials have decided to alter the path of the trail. This will mark the first time that the race route will include a short detour bypassing the Happy River Steps, which was a notoriously difficult part despite its name. Race marshal, Mark Nordman, reported to Anchorage Daily News, that they plan to cut out the most dangerous sections of the race this year while still maintaining the mileage of the trail. Although not all mushers are happy with these expected changes, race officials hope that this will result in less injuries to people as well as to the dogs. But if fans of the race expect it to be any less challenging because of these alterations to the route, they can rest assured it will not; mushers will still have to face obstacles such as Dalzell Gorge, out of Rainy Pass, and depending on the weather at the time the race will be held, there may be other challenges yet.