Climate change, COVID loom over Alaska’s 50th annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race

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By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Forty-nine mushers and their teams of huskies were due to depart Alaska’s largest city on Saturday for the 50th annual running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, an event drastically altered by climate change and commercialism since its humble beginnings. The starting gate has been returned to downtown Anchorage, a year after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted organizers to launch the 2021 race from a secluded riverside spot north of the city and off limits to the usual crowds of spectators. But contestants will face unusually warm and sloppy conditi…

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