While the Eastern U.S. Freezes, It’s Too Warm in Alaska
The race in southwest Alaska had been scheduled to happen two weeks before. But warm weather — just above freezing — made the trails unsafe. Temperatures dropped and a dusting of snow fell. The entire race usually runs 35 miles up the frozen river. This time it had to run over land.
The river ice in some areas was feet thick in past years. It’s now only inches. In other places, there’s open water. This is a problem in a region with no roads connecting one village to another — locals refer to the river as an ice highway.