Day 4: Dog Drops and Hospitality Stops

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

By days end Brent Sass overtook the lead, being the first to arrive into Eagle at 7:47pm AKST. He dropped two dogs at Slaven’s Roadhouse Dog Drop, arriving with 12 on the line. He and his fellow frontrunners spent time in both Slaven’s and Trout Creek Hospitality Stop. Sass stated that travelling on the river involved “lots of wind, and a bunch of trail-breaking.” Michelle Phillips arrived into Eagle an hour later, followed by Cody Strathe who edged out Allen Moore for third position into Eagle at 9:45pm after also dropping a dog in Slaven’s. Eagle is likely to see Moore arrive in the early hours of the morning.

Torsten Kohnert, Ryne Olson, and Nora Själin rest with their teams at Trout Creek while Chase Tingle, Rob Cooke, Pat Noddin, Richie Beattie and Dave Dalton are all enroute. After spending just over seven hours of rest in Circle, the current Red Lantern Olivia Webster travelled to Slaven’s Roadhouse where she is enjoying good food and rest before continuing on.

Denis Tremblay and Jason Campeau scratched this morning in Circle, both citing the decision was made for the best interest of their teams.

Today brought the close of the YQ300 with a total of thirteen teams crossing the finish line. The Finish & Awards Banquet took place at Central Corner in the evening where Dave Turner received his first-place award, Jeremy Traska received his second-place award and Nathaniel Hamlyn, his third. The Vet Care Award was a tie, given to both Jeremy Traska and Jacob Witkop. The Red Lantern, Chad Stoddard, arrived after the banquet, officially closing out the YQ300.

Standings as of 10:00pm:

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

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