Sunday, February 12, 2012

Yukon Quest Update #13

Sunday morning, and the situation is clear as mud.
With intermittent tracker updates, its not clear who stopped to rest on the trail, and might be in a position to pass. Similar to the old days of following a race, we can really only count on the official updates, plus occasionally eyewitness reports on FaceBook. The weather has been above freezing, which is hard on the dogs. Mushers will take plenty of breaks and try to run mainly at night, when the temps are cooler.

At this point, Allen Moore has arrived at the Pelly Crossing checkpoint less than half an hour before Hugh Neff. However, Hugh arrived missing his ax, a required piece of safety equipment. He will have to find, borrow or buy one before he is allowed to check in, so his time will be adjusted. Lance arrived 2 hours later.

Most of the pack is on the move out of Dawson, with only Yuka Honda, Brian Wilmshurst, Misha Pedersen and Marcelle Fressineau still on their 36 hour break. The Russian Michael Telpin is reported to be in good shape and working his way in.

Unofficial Standings as of 8:00am ET:

In Pelly Crossin
1 Allen Moore (1)
2 Hugh Neff (6)
3 Lance Mackey (16)

In Stepping Stone
4 Jake Berkowitz (13) (R)
5 Brent Sass (10)

On the trail to Stepping Stone
6 Sonny Lindner (3)
7 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (17) (R)

On the trail to Scroggie Creek
8 Abbie West (21)
9 Kristy Berington (2) (R)
10 Dave Dalton (4)
11 Kyla Durham (7)
12 Gus Guenther (20) (R)
13 Trent Herbst (22) (R)
14 Paige Drobny (12) (R)

In Dawson City
15 Yuka Honda (19) (R)
16 Brian Wilmshurst (11) (R)
17 Misha Pedersen (5) (R)
18 Marcelle Fressineau (15) (R)

On the trail to Dawson City
19 Michael Telpin (24) (R)

Nikolay Ettyne (14) (R)
Maren Bradley (23) (R)
Jason Weitzel (9) (R)
Mike Ellis (18)

Kurt Reich (8) (R)

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