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One of 57 mushers gets ready to depart from the Willow race restart in the 2020 Iditarod. Photo from Davis Hovey, KNOM (2020)
One of 57 mushers gets ready to depart from the Willow race restart in the 2020 Iditarod. Photo from Davis Hovey, KNOM (2020) - Anchorage, Alaska
Deep Snow, Moose Encounters, Possibly ‘Trench Warfare’ Await Iditarod Teams

THE 2020 IDITAROD SLED DOG RACE started over the weekend. 57 mushers and roughly 800 sled dogs took off from frozen Willow Lake and are beginning the long trek toward the Alaska Range this morning.

According to mushers at the Ceremonial Start in downtown Anchorage, the state’s powerful winter this year is expected to make for a slower pace. Alaska has seen deep cold and heavy snowfall for most of the winter. At 79-years-old, Jim Lanier is the oldest musher in this year’s race, and is gearing up accordingly.

“I’m not even wearing a helmet this year because we’re mushing in fluff.”

Race organizers say their crews have been working to maintain a thin trail between waist-high snow that could make for slow going.

“For hundreds of miles it’s a trench. And I’m calling it ‘trench warfare.’”

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