Eagle was feeling the love as the frontrunners made their way to the checkpoint where they would serve their mandatory four-hour layover.
Allen Moore remains in the lead in and out of Eagle, continuing on toward Dawson City at 4:40pm AKST with a full team of 14.
When arriving into Eagle at 2:37pm AKST, Paige Drobny assured the volunteer checkers she was staying warm out on the trail, despite the below 38-degree temperature. She hit the trail again after six hours and 38 minutes.
Always a highlight for the community of Eagle, Matt Hall was the third musher to arrive to a very welcoming crowd in his hometown. For Hall, arriving in Eagle meant rest for his team, good food and a visit with his mom and dad. After some quality time, Hall was back on the trail at 11:52pm AKST.
The hospitality at the Eagle checkpoint remains the gold standard throughout the years which was only proven as Laura Neese got into town joking she was going to stay at the mandatory 4-hour checkpoint for eight hours because she loved it so much. Vebjorn Aishana Reitan has his opportunity to experience the hospitality during his rookie run, being the fifth musher to arrive at 7:59pm AKST. Ed Hopkins had similar feelings, stating “you have no idea how happy I am to be here,” when being greeted by Race Official Brian Wilmshurt and reminded of the promise of hot dogs that await him.
Hugh Neff, Torsten Kohnert and Jason Campeau are enroute to the respite of Eagle after what is sure to be a cold evening run from Trout Creek.
Slaven’s Roadhouse Hospitality Stop hosted the majority of mushers throughout the day, providing them warmth, food and a spot away from the wind and the cold for their stay. Before continuing on to Trout Creek where they remain now, a menu of items from eggs to chili were provided, but the Charley Hamburger was the meal of choice for mushers. Alex Buetow, Nathaniel Hamlyn, Claudia Wickert. Riley Dyche, Rob Cooke, Tim Pappas, Luc Tweddell and Bernhard Schuchert remain in Trout Creek. Dave Dalton and Severin Cathry will join shortly.
Jennifer Campeau left Circle early in the morning and is presently resting in Slaven’s.
Christine Roalofs scratched in Circle out of concern of her ability to care for her team due to personal injury.
While the mushers make their way to Eagle, handlers begin their own trek from Circle, Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon. They drive 1,056 miles to arrive ahead of their musher and set up elaborate and comfortable dog camps for the upcoming 36-hour layover. An impressive haul!
Standings for the 1,000-mile race as of 11:59pm:
- Allen Moore
- Paige Drobny
- Matt Hall
- Laura Neese
- Vebjorn Aishana Reitan
- Ed Hopkins
- Jason Campeau
- Hugh Neff
- Torsten Kohnert
- Luc Tweddell
- Nathaniel Hamlyn
- Severin Cathry
- Tim Pappas
- Bernhard Schuchert
- Riley Dyche
- Alex Buetow
- Claudia Wickert
- Rob Cooke
- Dave Dalton
- Jennifer Campeau