Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Yukon Quest Update #8

Racing to the halfway point.
Front runners are approaching the 40 Mile River, where they will cross over into Canada. Some will choose to take a break at hospitality stop there. Then its back on the Yukon River for a 50-mile run to Dawson City, where the first team in wins gold nuggets.
The Quest is unique in that while in Dawson for their mandatory 36-hour rest, handlers are allowed to care for the dogs, and mushers can eat and rest in town.
After the mandatory 4-hour rest in Eagle, Lance Mackey was the first team back on the trail, with Hugh Neff 2 minutes behind. Currently, Hugh’s tracker is not working, but chances are he is not too far away from Lance. Allen Moore is close behind, followed by Brent Sass. Jake Berkowitz, Sonny Lindner, Kristy Berington and Abbie West are also out of Eagle.
Trying to get information on Trent Herbst, he’s one of four remaining mushers in Slavin’s, but his tracker hasn’t updated in several hours and according to the standings, he’s been there since yesterday morning.

Nikolay Ettyne returned to Circle City and scratched.

Unofficial Standings as of 7:30am ET:

On the trail to Dawson City
1 Lance Mackey (16)
2 Hugh Neff (6)
3 Allen Moore (1)
4 Brent Sass (10)
5 Jake Berkowitz (13) (R)
6 Sonny Lindner (3)
7 Kristy Berington (2) (R)
8 Abbie West (21)

In Eagle
9 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (17) (R)
10 Dave Dalton (4)

On the trail to Eagle
11 Kyla Durham (7)
12 Paige Drobny (12) (R)
13 Yuka Honda (19) (R)
14 Gus Guenther (20) (R)
15 Brian Wilmshurst (11) (R)

In Slavin’s
16 Trent Herbst (22) (R)
17 Misha Pedersen (5) (R)
18 Marcelle Fressineau (15) (R)
19 Michael Telpin (24) (R)

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

Kurt Reich (8) (R)

1 comment:

Lee C said...

If possible, would you please post a brief explanation of what happened that Maren and Nikolay decided to scratch?