Winterless Iditarod

The Iditarod is synonymous with a cold, snowy Alaskan winter. But the weather hasn’t brought enough snow to hold the famous dog-sledding race in its usual location of Wasilla, Alaska, since 2002. Instead, the 1,150-mile race will take off March 1 in Willow, 30 miles north of Wasilla, reports the Associated Press.

While snow, or the lack of it, is a key reason the race has shifted from its traditional beginnings, sprawling houses and businesses lining the race route with interfering asphalt and large crowds of people in Wasilla is another factor.