2nd Iditarod qualifier yields to warm temperatures

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A qualifying race for Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has been canceled due to warm weather, the second mid-distance qualifier to be cancelled.

Race officials called off the Tustumena 200 sled dog race on the Kenai Peninsula on Friday.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that the run of mild weather and rain wiped out much of the snow in south-central Alaska. Earlier this week, the Northern Lights 300 at Big Lake was also cancelled.

Race director Tami Murray says a dearth of snow and too much water forced their decision.

Reigning Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey topped the field signed up for the Tustumena.

Other events, including a high school cross-country ski race and a fat-tire bike series, were also canceled.


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