Fur Rondy sled dog races canceled due to poor trail conditions
The Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship sled
dog sprint races are the latest victim of warm weather that has
obliterated trail conditions around Southcentral Alaska and in
Anchorage, despite the work of volunteers.
announced the decision to cancel the races Sunday. The races had been
scheduled to run in Anchorage from Feb. 27 to March 1, and 20 mushers
had signed up for the 2015 competition.
The decision was
especially wrenching, said Race Marshal Janet Clarke, because this
year's races were especially meaningful due to the Anchorage centennial
and because they offered a chance to honor the memory of legendary
sprint musher George Attla, who died earlier this month.
[snip] On Saturday, volunteers had been out on the
trails in driving rain, trying to cover areas of bare grass, dirt and
asphalt with snow. In some areas, asphalt was coated with ice. Just when
one section seemed shored up, another would fail.
of us were doing this in the rain. We simply lost all the ground we had
gotten,” Clarke said. “Our trail boss summed it up: We can fill in holes
but we can't fill in a whole 10 miles of trail.”