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Iditarod

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Other topics for the week of February 27-March 5 include
Miners meet at PDAC
Polar Bear Day
- Barents ‘hot spots’ 
- Future of Arctic Entrepreneurship symposium
- RISING SUN
- Nunavut Legislative Assembly

Iditarod may bill itself as the last great race, but it is not the last one to accept that change is inevitable. 

For spectators, the most visible change when the ceremonial start gets underway on March 4 in Anchorage will be the decision to move the March 6 ‘restart’ (the official start of the race) to Fairbanks. This is the third time the race will skip over the Alaska Range for an inland start.

This year, as in 2003 and 2015, the reason is lack of snow. Less visible, but perhaps more controversial, if equally unavoidable, will be a decision to allow, but not require, mushers to carry two-way communication devices (think mobile phones).

Organisers say the change will help ensure the safety of mushers and their teams. The rules still say a musher is disqualified for receiving any outside help.

Safety first. Tradition always.

Photo: Mike Kenney/Iditarod