ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Yukon Quest has announced that the route for its mid-distance race, the YQ300, has been shortened due to a lack of snow.
Race officials say the decision was made for the safety of dogs and mushers. The mushers will now start in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and travel to Braeburn, YT, before looping back to Whitehorse through Coghlan Lake. The full distance of the race with the changes will be approximately 200 miles.
The race says there will also be a time restriction for slower teams to ensure there is support for all teams to finish safely.
The race usually travels exclusively over sections of the race trail that are most heavily affected by low snow conditions this year, race officials say. The change does not affect the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest race, as race organizers and officials are keeping an eye on trail conditions as the race date approaches.
The YQ300 starts on Saturday, February 2 in Whitehorse at 3 p.m. The Yukon Quest 1,000-mile race begins the same day at 11 a.m. and mushers will travel to the finish in Fairbanks, Alaska.