- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Yukon Quest mushers say they expect a fast trail in the race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (https://bit.ly/1loQ0xk) reports freezing rain on top of heavy snow has left trails icy and hard.

That means there’s also the potential for spectacular crashes if mushers lose control of their teams.

Fairbanks musher Tony Angelo says one challenge may be to slow dogs down for what looks to be a fast track in warm conditions.

High temperatures forced changes at the start and finish of the race.

The start had to be moved off the Chena River because of open water. The start will be in downtown Fairbanks.

Thin ice on the Yukon River means the race will end 18 miles to the north of Whitehorse at Takhini Hot Springs.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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