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Stephen and Marilyn Gordon
|Updated - 2-12-07 2:00 am |
Benedikt Beisch entered Carmacks at 1:38 am early Monday morning. The Checkpoint staff at Carmacks is awaiting the two remaining mushers, Bob McAlpin and Kyla Boivan. The middle and back of the pack filled in the dog yard by midnight, with the majority of the recently arriving mushers camping in Carmacks.
Mushers have reported fast hard trails and a crazy ride through the infamous 'Pinball Alley', a ridgeline that descends down onto the Yukon River.
16 mushers had departed the Carmacks Checkpoint as of 2 am Monday morning.
Still no reports of mushers in at the McCabe Creek Dog Drop. Because it is not an official checkpoint, mushers do not need to sign in and out, however Dog Drop volunteers will often keep us posted as teams move through on their way to Pelly Crossing.
2-11-07 6:00 pm
A pack of front runners treated the Carmacks volunteers to a hit and run through the Carmacks checkpoint.
There was a flurry of excitement at the quiet checkpoint when 7 mushers entered within 30 minutes of each other. The majority collected their supplies, had their dogs examined by the veterinary staff and headed back out on the trail. Many spent only 10-20 minutes taking care of business.
Only two mushers chose to stay, Richie Beattie and Kelley Griffin. Willomitzer, Kleedehn, Phillips, Gatt and Pinard are all making their way towards the dog drop at McCabe Creek. Many spent only 10-20 minutes efficiently taking care of business.
2-11-07 5:00 pm
Hugh Neff arrived at the Carmacks Checkpoint at 4:56 pm. Hugh quickly went through his drop bags, pulled the hook and started on his way towards McCabe Creek at 5:04 pm.
2-11-07 3:00 pm
Lance Mackey arrived at the Carmacks checkpoint with a smile on his face and a happy dog team after a great run. Lance told his wife and handler, Tonya, that his dogs looked great. Lance arrived at 1:29, approximately 8.5 hours after he departed Braeburn this morning on the 80 mile run.
Lance told reporters that he wasn't planning on stopping, but the team looked great so he kept going. Lance insists he has no intention of playing the 'rabbit' of the race. 'My goal is to run in the back of the front runners. I've been the rabbit for the past few years and it's time to let someone else put the scent on the trail.'
Lance said the trail was great with quite a few twists and turns that excited his dog team. 'They really like the twisty turny stuff,' explained Lance. 'That's when they get to have fun trying to knock me off the back!'.
His plan was to rest for a while at Carmacks. 'This new checkpoint is great,' replied Lance.
Shortly after, Dave Dalton arrived at 1:59 pm