Pulling the Hook

Saturday, February 1, 2020

The 37th Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race got underway under crisp and clear skies this morning in Fairbanks. Cheering Quest fans lined the chute to see off this year’s competitors, from veteran Richie Beattie who led the pack out in bib #1, to defending champion Brent Sass, last out in bib #15.

Quest veteran Jason Campeau in bib #2 set the pace for the 73-mile run to Two Rivers, arriving at the first checkpoint just before 7pm AKST, more than an hour ahead of next in Allen Moore, followed shortly by Michelle Phillips and Denis Tremblay. Brent Sass made up significant ground, resting for three hours mid-route and stopping in Two Rivers only long enough to grab supplies from his drop bags before continuing on.

At the end of the day he is our current race leader, with veteran Michelle Phillips giving chase in second.

Standings as of 11:59pm:

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