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YQ 300 2013 – Wrap Up

Michelle and Aliy (+ 8 seconds) made it to the finish line 2 days, 7 hours, and 20 minutes after the race started. It took Colin 3 days, 14 hours, and 15 minutes to cross the line with the Red Lantern. The first 7 teams finished in under 3 days.

Five of the original 18 teams dropped out along the way. At the end it was the mushers who had to quit because they weren’t ready for the exhaustion that comes from staying awake for days at a time with only brief naps.

The final standings:

1 Michelle Phillips (58)
2 Aliy Zirkle (56)
3 Jerry Joinson (55)
4 Olaf Thurau (59)
5 Yuka Honda (53)
6 Marcelle Fressineau (54)
7 Tamra Reynolds (51)
8 Ryne Olson (65)
9 John King (57)
10 Gaetan Pierrard (60)
11 Jennifer Levy (63)
12 Jonathan Lucas (62)
13 Colin Morrison (52)


1 JuanitaM { 02.07.13 at 10:13 am }

I must say it’s great to see women as the first two in the 300. All the teams are interesting in their own way; although I don’t have much time lately for keeping up with them.

Speaking of one of my favorite teams, it appears that Colleen Robertia is going to sit out her team this year. She’s the only blog that I have bookmarked, and I just read that money is an issue this year. That’s a real shame. Her dog, Penny, fascinates me. Such a tiny animal doing such brawny work. Ah well, maybe next year.

2 Bryan { 02.07.13 at 7:41 pm }

There is no discrimination in sled dog races, because the woman you diss could be the next Susan Butcher.

Penny is a wonder. Her value is not the weight she pulls, but the amount of extra weight that she can convince the team to pull. Colleen would probably take her along even if she was carried in the sled because of her ability to inspire the team.

3 JuanitaM { 02.07.13 at 8:28 pm }

I meant to say that Colleen’s the only dogsled blog that I have bookmarked. Obviously, I have yours bookmarked, and at the top! As I’ve said before, this blog is a little sea of logic, humor, and sanity, so you cannot get sick, Bryan. 🙂

Yes, Penny is a wonder. In some ways, so is her whole team considering Colleen’s criteria for choosing them. A lot of interesting stories out there, really.

4 Bryan { 02.07.13 at 10:29 pm }

Following the Quest and the Iditarod is what I do to battle the winter blahs. For Colleen it is her calling to work with the ‘rescues, rejects, and runts’. Penny is 8 now, so she may not want to run next year, there’s no way of telling.

Oh, I knew what you meant, Juanita. You seem to find your way back here during the races, and other times as well.