Yukon Quest announces additional changes for 2019 race series

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Due to "difficult trail conditions," organizers of the Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race announced Monday that additional changes will be made to the 2019 edition of the race.

For those in the 1,000-mile race, "Mushers will now have the choice to start the race with a team of eight to 14 dogs to run to Braeburn, where teams will be required to truck to Carmacks," according to a press release from the organization.

The location of the mandatory vet check is yet to be determined, the release said.

Additionally, the Dawson City dog yard will be located on Bonanza Road for the second year in a row "to ensure the safety of the teams with the current river conditions."

The announcement comes after adjustments were made in the YQ300, the 300-mile qualifying race for both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod, as announced by the group on Friday.

[READ: YQ300 shortened due to lack of snow]

Trail conditions are being monitored and more changes will be made if necessary, in order to make sure dogs, mushers and others involved in the race are kept safe.

The 36th Annual Yukon Quest will kick off at 11 a.m. PST in Whitehorse on Saturday, Feb. 2, while the YQ300 will begin at 3 p.m. PST the same day.

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