Day 5: Crossing Borders

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Day 5 of the race saw the frontrunners make their way out of Eagle in the early hours of the day. It’s the final stretch of trail until the teams get a much deserved 36-hour mandatory break in Dawson City.

Making the decision to go for a longer run out of Eagle helped Brent Sass keep the lead with Michelle Phillips sticking close behind until she stopped for a rest at Clinton Creek. Allen Moore took hold of third place, with Cody Strathe to follow in fourth.

After both arriving at Eagle in the early hours of the morning Torsten Kohnert left ahead of Ryne Olson who hit the trail just over two hours later at 1:50pm after dropping a dog. Kohnert opted to camp 43 miles outside of Clinton Creek while Olson closes the gap at the time of writing.

Nora Själin arrived in Eagle at 10:33am after dropping a dog in Slaven’s. She had the company of Pat Noddin and Rob Cooke for a couple hours who arrived at 2:33pm and 3:54pm respectively, before she continued back onto the trail with a team of 12 at 5:22pm.

Richie Beattie made his way into Eagle at 5:45pm, followed by Chase Tingle just a bit over an hour later. Both, along with Noddin and Cooke, remain in Eagle, enjoying the amazing hospitality provided.

Dave Dalton and Olivia Webster overlapped in Trout Creek with Dalton leaving first and Webster just recently getting back out on the trail.  

Standings as of 10:00pm PST:

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

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