"It doesn't hurt a guy like me who has only run the race a couple of times," he said of the route change. "For the guys that have run the race 20 times, it's not just the normal routine so it might throw them off a little bit."
Warm weather forced Iditarod farther north →
"It is the Super Bowl of mushing," Mr. Sass said of the Iditarod. "It is the big one."
40th Iditarod race off and running in Alaska →