Moore Wins the Quest

 

Allen Moore of Two Rivers has won the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.
 
The 55–year–old musher crossed the finish line in downtown Fairbanks at 6:54 a.m. yesterday.
 
This year's race looked like it was going to again come down to a battle between Moore and defending champion Hugh Neff, who won last year's Yukon Quest by just 26 seconds in 2012.
 
But after leaving the checkpoint in Two Rivers, Moore managed to widen the gap.
 
A small group of race officials and spectators greeted Moore in the predawn darkness at the finish line on the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks.
 
Among them was was Newscenter 11 sports *man Joe Cook, who had a quick chat with the winner.  Moore said "It feels great, you know. It's something you strive for all year long. It's kind of like a basketball championship or football championship. It's what you go for all year long that you're preparing for. I think what swung it in my favor was in Circle when he stayed three hours maybe. We'd just done a long run and he didn't stay very long. I was sleeping, so he just snuck out and thought he would go almost 75 miles to Central and it made his dogs really tired. Because when I left, I made up an hour and a half on him on that run because his dogs were tired and mine weren't. I think that was a pivotal point."