For the first time in its 31-year history, weather has necessitated changing the course of Alaska's famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Due to a lack of snow in Anchorage —- the race's traditional starting point — mushers and dogs will stage a ceremonial start on March 1st for the media and fans. The real race will begin two days later — and 400 miles away — in Fairbanks. Alaska Public Radio's Ellen Lockyer joins Melinda Penkava to explain why the course change means both good and bad news for race participants.
*Reporter/Producer for the Alaska Public Radio Network
*Will be covering this year's Iditarod