The Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race has a new leader and the game is very much afoot as Day 8 came to a close.
Half of the remaining mushers of the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race took to the trail today on their quest to Eagle after their mandatory 36-hour stay in Dawson City.
Leaving Dawson is a foggy, strange feeling. You’ve been sleeping in a bed, ordering food off a menu at restaurants, letting your handlers take care of your dogs, and now it’s time to head over to the campground and pack up for…550 MORE MILES??? Really?
This afternoon at 12:27pm veteran musher Yuka Honda (bib #2) from Whitehorse, Yukon scratched from the race in Dawson City. Her decision was made for the well-being of the dogs.
The remaining four mushers made it to Dawson City this sixth day of the Yukon Quest, while eight departed for the 150-mile climb up and over American Summit.
Due to the varying thickness of the ice in downtown Fairbanks, the Finish Line for the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race is moving off the river and onto the yard behind the Big I Pub & Lounge next to the river.
This morning at 3:59am, Yuka Honda reported to Yukon Quest Race Officials a dog on her team had expired a few miles outside of Dawson City.
This morning Race Marshal Fabian Schmitz stated that a dog on Yuka Honda’s team has expired. Head Veterinarian Dr. Cristina Hansen said a necropsy will be conducted.
The Yukon Quest will release more information as details are confirmed...
The Dawson checkpoint was a busy port of call today as nine mushers completed the arduous trek up and over the King Solomon Dome to reach the halfway point of the Yukon Quest, where 36 hours of rest for musher and team alike awaits them.
This morning at 9:03am, veteran musher Torsten Kohnert (bib #21) arrived in Dawson City without his...