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The Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race has confirmed a race start in 2022.

After having made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Quest due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the boards of directors said last week they were happy to confirm that the next race will start in Fairbanks, Alaska on Feb. 5, 2022.

“In the past few years, the race usually started in Fairbanks in even years and Whitehorse in uneven years – generally on the first Saturday in February. We’re happy to continue with this tradition despite not having the race start in Whitehorse this year,” says...
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Fort Kent would normally be bustling with activity as mushers would be arriving in town for the start of the Can Am sled dog races. This year the event was cancelled because of COVID 19 and border restrictions. Instead of the actual race the Board of Directors are now holding a virtual fun run for the mushers.

Mira Saucier):”We decided on a fun run because we can’t really do a race as it traditionally is. This is for mushers to go out and have some fun. Arm chair mushers to get their fill of racing and for volunteers to stay connected...
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“The 49th run of the Iditarod will be different this year.” That’s the sentiment of Rob Urbach, CEO of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

For many Alaskans, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race signifies the one year anniversary of the pandemic. Last year, the mushers all shook hands at the opening banquet and then returned to a world with no toilet paper on store shelves.

Traditionally, the Iditarod commemorates the 1925 Serum run, a sled dog relay that transported diphtheria antitoxin across Alaska. The serum saved the town of Nome and the surrounding communities from an epidemic.

According to Urbach, this...
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