Teams in the 2021 Iditarod will now turn around at Iditarod and head back to Deshka Landing.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2021
Iditarod Gold Loop Trail condition update from Iditarod Race Marshal Mark Nordman:
Due to challenging trail conditions in to and at Flat, I have made the decision to have the Iditarod mushers bypass the out-and-back route to Flat and instead turn around at the Iditarod checkpoint.
The Iditarod trailbreaker crew has had a challenging time breaking the trail open due to the sheer volume of accumulated snow, and has been unable to dig out a safe, well-marked trail to allow teams to travel to Flat. This decision does not affect any mandatory layovers.
Note: the Iditarod/Flat/Iditarod loop is approximately 20 miles in length, so the new total trail length of the Iditarod Gold Trail Loop is approximately 832 miles.
Bri Kelly, Thompson & Co. Public Relations