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Yukon Quest 2014 – Day 5

Yukon Quest map even years

Sled DogThe leaders are in Dawson for 36 hours while everyone else is still camping out. The teams are spread out on about 150 miles along the path of the Yukon River.

Jerry Joinson has been penalized another 4 2 hours for failing to leave food for a dropped dog. When a dog is left at a checkpoint the musher is required to leave 4 pounds of food with the dog. There is food at the dog drops if a musher forgets, but it is the musher’s responsibility. He will be spending two full days 44 hours at Dawson instead of 36 hours. [Final penalty was 2 not 4 hours.]

Standings at 9:00PM CST (6:00PM AKST):

At Dawson
1 Brent Sass (2)
2 Allen Moore (8)
3 Hugh Neff (14)
Beyond Eagle
4 Cody Strathe (10)
5 Matt Hall (3)R
6 John Schandelmeier (17)
7 Ken Anderson (6)
8 Torsten Kohnert (13)R
9 Dave Dalton (5)
10 Curt Perano (16)R
Beyond Slaven’s Roadhouse
11 Hank DeBruin (18)
12 Jerry Joinson (4)
13 Mandy Nauman (11)R
14 Brian Wilmshurst (9)
15 Tony Angelo (12)R

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Yukon Quest, the numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers, and the small “R” indicates a rookie.

Note: This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

All posts on the Yukon Quest can be seen by selecting “Yukon Quest” from the Category box on the right sidebar.


1 hipparchia { 02.05.14 at 8:09 pm }

Siberians! 3 teams! (at least at the start) debruin, angelo, ellis. I did link to their musher profile pages and their kennel pages in my original comment, but your spamcatcher was not happy about that.

as always, I’m a fan of keeping the “working” in “working breeds” 🙂

2 Bryan { 02.05.14 at 8:36 pm }

Yes, Hank and Tony both run Siberians, but Mike’s are show dogs when they aren’t pulling sleds. Unlike human ‘models’ they have to put on weight for the show circuit.

Currently the Siberians are at the back, but there is always hope. They tend to be smaller than the crossbreeds.

3 hipparchia { 02.05.14 at 9:35 pm }

Mike’s are show dogs when they aren’t pulling sleds.

which is what dog shows should be more of – where you show off your best working / hunting / performance dogs.

4 hipparchia { 02.05.14 at 9:36 pm }
5 hipparchia { 02.05.14 at 9:43 pm }

Currently the Siberians are at the back, but there is always hope.

well, back in the day, working sled dogs had to be low maintenance and long-lasting – and in the case of the samoyeds, all-purpose – with “fastest” not necessarily a priority. so it’s really nice to see that the working sled dogs can actually keep up with the bred-for-one-thing-only speedsters.

6 Bryan { 02.05.14 at 10:44 pm }

Alas, show judges and race vets don’t agree what a healthy dog should look like, so the dogs carry extra weight on the show circuit.

The speed initially came from the Siberians. They have speed, but they don’t have the pulling ability, so the weight of the sled and cargo slow them down. The Malamutes are the draft horses of the sled dog world, while the Siberians are similar to Arabians.

The dogs need to work when they are in race mode, so they have to be exercised during the layover at Dawson. The human is the weak link on the team.