NL300 in the News!

The Northern Lights 300 has been generating news in the Alaskan media, starting with the local Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman’s front page article in their January 24 issue, titled Weather prompts route changes for sled dog race: “Mother Nature is making enough mush this season to bog down even the hardiest dog sled racers.”

Race Manager Sue Allen explained: “Once out of the core area of the Valley, the trails aren’t too bad, said Allen, herself an Iditarod veteran. Besides, dealing with less-than-optimal conditions is part of what attracts mushers to the sport.”

The statewide online newsmagazine Alaska Dispatch also ran an article about the race: “Snowmachiners asked to be cautious for this weekend’s Northern Lights 300,” by race volunteer and Alaska Dispatch columnist Helen Hegener, detailing the race route and explaining the importance of snowmachiners being vigilant on the trail to Finger Lake: “We are making every effort to make mushers and teams as visible as possible. Please be aware that you may encounter dog teams and be especially vigilant on the tight trails between Skwentna and Finger Lake.”

Alaska Magazine posted a notice about the race on their Facebook page which read in part: “Here’s an important heads-up for motor-mushers who enjoy taking their sleds out in the Yentna River area or who might like watching dogs run! There will be a sled-dog race on the river, through Yentna, Skwentna, Shell Lake and Finger Lake, from Jan. 25-27. Please be aware!”

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