FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Sass paces mushers to Dawson City
Defending Yukon Quest Champion Brent Sass and his 12 dogs were the lead team into Dawson City, the first checkpoint across the Canadian border. Just over the halfway point in terms of miles, mushers are required to remain in Dawson City for a mandatory 36-hour layover. Sass entered the seventh checkpoint along the 1,000-mile race at approximately 5 a.m. Thursday morning, followed by Canadian Michelle Phillips (12 dogs), who was about an hour behind the current leader.
(Whitney McLaren - Yukon Quest 2017)
Three-time Quest champion Allen Moore, and all 14 of his dogs, were the third team into the checkpoint, arriving at 12:55 p.m, according to the Yukon Quest's official Twitter account. Cody Strathe is the fourth musher to reach Dawson City, while Torsten Kohnert is about 40 miles out of the checkpoint, in fifth place. Ryne Olson is on the trail to Dawson City, while Nora Själin is the leading rookie in seventh.
As of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, defending Yukon Quest champion Brent Sass and his 12 remaining dogs holds about a seven mile lead over Michelle Phillips as Sass approaches the Canadian border. Sass dropped two dogs off at the Slaven’s Roadhouse Dog Drop late Tuesday night.
Three-time Quest champion Allen Moore has surpassed Cody Strathe for third place, but the two veteran mushers remain only a few miles apart. Swedish musher Torsten Kohnert rounds out the top five, while Ryne Olson and rookie Nora Själin are neck and neck at the 380+ mile. The of the field consists of Pat Noddin, Rob Cooke, Richie Beattie, Chase Tingle, Dave Dalton and current Red Lantern (last place) Olivia Webster. Jason Campeau and Denis Tremblay scratched from the race at the Circle checkpoint early Wednesday morning, citing “the best interest in their dogs”.