Theirs is very little snow on the ground in Southern Alaska, and the temperatures are well above zero. Trucks hauled snow into Anchorage for the race because the last bit of real snow melted when it rained recently. So the race has been moved to Fairbanks.
For melancholy’s sake, the race will officially start on 4th Avenue in Anchorage on the imported snow, but then the race will move and start again in Fairbanks two days later. Fairbanks is still cold, but that area is not as cold as past years. Some avid dog lovers say the race might be better in Boston this year, but that is wishful as well as crazy thinking. The Iditarod is as Alaskan as halibut or salmon. Most Iditarod lovers don’t care about the change in venue. After all, the dogs don’t care.