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Iditarod imports snow for race’s slushy start

In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, high temperatures meant there wasn’t enough snow on the ground at start of the annual thousand-mile Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska. Snow was brought in just for the weekend’s opening festivities.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Finally to our NewsHour shares of the day, something that caught our eye that we thought might be of interest to you, too.

    It's the annual Iditarod sled dog race, a 1,000-mile run across snowy Alaska. But, this year, there wasn't enough snow. Our friends at Alaska Public Media sent us this footage of mushers, basically turned into slushers, thanks to high temperatures, at the regular starting point in Anchorage. What you see here is snow imported just for this weekend's opening festivities.

    Dog racer Martin Buser called the warmer conditions the new normal.

  • MARTIN BUSER:

    The dogs like it a little cooler. The drivers like it a little cooler. Our gear is designed to be dry and warm, not wet and cold. So we just have to adapt and make changes to some equipment. And we will see whether that is the norm for the years to come.

  •  GWEN IFILL:

    The race got its official start today, more than 300 miles north of Anchorage, in Fairbanks, where there is snow.

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