Sports and Games
(CBC News, 25 January 2007) -- The 1,600-kilometre Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race trail from Whitehorse to Fairbanks, Alaska, has been put in, and 28 teams are ready for the race beginning Feb. 10. Thirty-three teams had signed up but five dropped out before the final deadline, organizers say. The Yukon portion of the rugged wilderness trail was put in by the Canadian Rangers, while contractors were hired to do the work on the Alaska section. Assistant race manager Melanie Bedard said the conditions are much better than last year when snow was scarce. "We have a lot of snow," she said in an interview Wednesday. "It might have some bad effect as we have some overflow and we have jumble ice on some rivers, but there is snow everywhere." However, race manager Alex Olesen, who is based in Fairbanks, told CBC News on Wednesday it's a different story in Alaska with less than a foot (about 30 centimetres) of snow.
Posted 26 January 2007; 9:44:17 AM. Permalink