Trail conditions improve; race to proceed as scheduled

Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2001

BETHEL (AP) -- The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is on as scheduled.

Organizers met Tuesday to make a final decision about the 300-mile race from Bethel to Aniak and back.

Trail conditions have improved enough to allow the event to proceed as planned beginning Jan. 19, the race committee said.

Glare ice, open holes on the Kuskokwim River and unseasonably warm conditions had organizers concerned about running the race by the scheduled start date.

But they said the trail looks good, thanks to some recent subzero temperatures and fresh snow.

The trail committee said it made the decision after flying the route Tuesday and having local search and rescue groups go upriver by snowmachine.

Several segment of the route will be changed for safety reasons, however.

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