FAIRBANKS — The YQ300 won’t be a 300-mile race this year.
On Saturday, the Yukon Quest announced the Quest-organized YQ300 will be shorter because of reports of difficult trail conditions.
“The YQ300 currently travels exclusively over sections of race trail most heavily affected by low snow changes,” the Quest release states. “Due to this, a shortened alternate race route will be applied. YQ300 mushers will start in Whitehorse and travel to Braeburn before looping back to Whitehorse via Coghlan Lake.
“The cumulative distance with these changes is approximately 200 miles. To ensure there is support for all teams to finish safely, a time restriction for slower teams also will be implemented.”
The release also states that no changes have been made to the portion of the trail for the 1,000-mile race, and race organizers and officials are actively reviewing trail conditions and will make any changes that are necessary to ensure the safety of all dogs and mushers who participate.
The YQ300 and the 1,000-mile race both begin Feb. 2 in Whitehorse, Yukon. The 1,000-mile race will end in Fairbanks.
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