Low snow dooms Serum Run

Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The commemorative serum run from Nenana to Nome has been canceled for this year, race organizers said Friday.

Organizers decided to scratch this year's event after getting reports on conditions along the route, trail manager Wayne Oxford said.

''I was able to get the report of trail conditions the Iron Dog (snowmachine race) had, and said, 'Yikes, that doesn't sound like any fun,''' Oxford said.

The event, formally called the Norman Vaughn Serum Run 25, was started by the legendary Alaska musher and adventurer in 1997. It has been run every year since then except 1998.

About a dozen mushers and a dozen snowmachiners had planned to make the 17-day trip, which retraces the route of the original relay that took diphtheria serum to Nome to stop an epidemic in 1925.

The group had planned to set out from Nenana Feb. 16.

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