Despite warm temperatures, Tustumena 200 is a go; Knik 200 is not

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — The Tustumena sled dog race is on and scheduled to start Saturday despite warm temperatures. The 200 mile sled dog race hasn’t been cancelled since 2015.

“They aren’t the best conditions we’ve ever had, but they certainly aren’t the worst,” said T200 race director Tammi Murray.

The 200-mile race goes through the Caribou Hills and is a qualifier for the Iditarod. Despite mid-30 degree temperatures, race organizers say it’s snowing hard in the Caribou Hills where the race is run.

T200 will not be short on star power this year, as Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey is set to be competing along with Mitch Seavey.

“It always feels good to be on the Peninsula, and I wasn’t surprised to see that it’s an ice rink down here,” said Mackey.

Mackey is set to return to the Iditarod trail later this year for the first time since 2016.

Other mid-distance races did not have the same luck this week — Knik 100 & 200 were cancelled this weekend due to poor trail conditions.

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