Race officials say
“While Southcentral, in general, has experienced more than adequate snowfall, Rainy Pass and the Dalzell Gorge have not.”
The restart has been held in Fairbanks twice since its first running in 1973 — in 2003 and 2015. The 2016 restart was almost held in Fairbanks because of poor conditions, but Iditarod officials ultimately decided to keep it in Willow.
“As always, our commitment is to ensure the very best possible race for the field of 75 teams that are entered,” according to the statement.
Accordingly, the official start of the race on March 5th, the day after the ceremonial start in Anchorage, may take place in Fairbanks.