Day 2: Big Moves on Birch Creek

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Defending champion Brent Sass maintained his hold on the lead through most of the second day of the 2020 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race, but veteran Canadian musher Michelle Philips was hot on his tracks and eventually overtook on Birch Creek.

Phillips shadowed Sass at every turn today, seldom more than 30 minutes behind. Both mushers, along with current fourth place Allen Moore, opted not to rest in Central, pushing on to camp along the 74-mile leg to Circle. Quest veterans Cody Strathe and Jason Campeau round out today’s top five, only a few miles behind, with another five mushers resting their teams in Central.

At the back of the pack, day’s end finds current Red Lantern Olivia Webster on the descent of Eagle Summit.

Standings as of 11:59pm:

  1. Michelle Phillips
  2. Brent Sass
  3. Cody Strathe
  4. Allen Moore
  5. Denis Tremblay
  6. Jason Campeau
  7. Ryne Olson
  8. Norah Själin
  9. Torsten Kohnert
  10. Richie Beattie
  11. Pat Noddin
  12. Dave Dalton
  13. Rob Cooke
  14. Chase Tingle
  15. Olivia Webster