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Yukon Quest Wrap Up

They held the banquet on Saturday night and handed out the awards, most of which were known.

New this year is the presentation of custom-made knives to the first three finishers. Like some of the other awards, they are really useful to mushers.

Allen Moore was the big money winner, taking not only the share for first place, but the four ounces of gold nuggets for being the first team into Dawson that finished the race. The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation gave him a hand-made beaver hat, and Northwestel donated $1000 in his name to the charity of his choice, the Yukon Special Olympics.

Allen’s lead dog, Quito, received a custom-made golden harness and steak for her efforts.

Matt Hall was the second biggest winner, with custom knives for both his third place finish and a special version for being rookie of the year. He also took home a stained glass panel of the Quest’s Sitting Dog for the Challenge of the North Award, and $1000 in veterinary services for the Vet’s Choice Award.

Brian Wilmshurst was the last musher to cross finish line, but he won the Sportsman Award and took home a pair of hand-crafted gauntlets.

Since Brian wasn’t 8 hours behind Jerry Joiner, Jerry got the Red Lantern. Jerry joked that he had a couple of used sleds that he would sell cheap.

Since the race distributes the prize money to the first 15 teams, everyone who finished got a bit of cash back.

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February 16, 2014   Comments Off

Yukon Quest 2014 – Day 14

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Sled DogThey turned out the lights at Braeburn when Jerry Joinson left at around 4:30AM PST this morning with the Red Lantern. Eight hours will be added to Jerry’s finish time, so Jerry was pretty much assured of the Red Lantern if he finished.

Hank and the Siberians made it in at just before 8AM local with 11 puppies still pulling the sled, while Brian is making the final run with only 7 puppies still willing to haul the sled.

Mandy is leading the troika with 5 miles between the teams. She is running Brent Sass’s rookie team and doing a fine job bringing in 8 of the original 14 dogs. She is also the fourth of the five rookies who started the race to make it to the end – a good year for rookie mushers.

Mandy made it to the finish at about 2:40PM PST. It looks like Jerry will be next in, but after the 8-hour penalty he will end up with the Red Lantern.

Brian was the last finisher at about 3:45PM PST, but the penalty puts Jerry in last place. The race is over.

Standings at 5:50PM CST (3:50PM PST):

Finish
1 Allen Moore (8)
2 Hugh Neff (14)
3 Matt Hall (3)R
4 Ken Anderson (6)
5 John Schandelmeier (17)
6 Torsten Kohnert (13)R
7 Curt Perano (16)R
8 Hank DeBruin (18)
9 Mandy Nauman (11)R
10 Brian Wilmshurst (9)
11 Jerry Joinson (4) Φ

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.

February 14, 2014   10 Comments

Yukon Quest 2014 – Day 13

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Sled DogCurt Perano is about 20 miles out from finishing his race, which has been fairly solitary. Hank DeBruin and the Siberians are showing that they like the hills are are 20 miles from Braeburn and an 8-hour rest. The final troika have stopped for a rest about 20 miles behind Hank.

The temperature on the trail is warmer today which will help move things along.

Standings at 10:30PM CST (8:30PM PST):

Finish
1 Allen Moore (8)
2 Hugh Neff (14)
3 Matt Hall (3)R
4 Ken Anderson (6)
5 John Schandelmeier (17)
6 Torsten Kohnert (13)R
7 Curt Perano (16)R
Beyond Braeburn
8 Hank DeBruin (18)
At Braeburn
9 Mandy Nauman (11)R
10 Jerry Joinson (4)
11 Brian Wilmshurst (9)

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.

February 13, 2014   Comments Off

Yukon Quest 2014 – Day 12

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Sled DogCurt Perano is the only team not moving at 9AM, he’s camped on the trail midway between Carmacks and Braeburn. The Final Four are beyond McCabe’s Creek headed for Carmacks.

Hank and the Siberians arrived at Carmacks just before 1PM CST. The Quest Facebook page is using a picture of the team for their banner. The temperature on the trail between McCabe’s and Carmacks was -50°F – only mad dogs and mushers… After leaving McCabe’s both Jerry and Brian camped for a while to await the sun and warmer temperatures.

Ken and John should be at the finish around 2PM CST. Everyone is now moving, but there have been delays in the tracking – not even electrons want to move when it’s this cold.

Ken and John made it to the finish, in that order, and Hank, Mandy, and Brian are at Carmacks.

And then there is Jerry Joinson – would you believe he broke another sled. He is definitely the Red Lantern, because he is going to get 8-hours added to his arrival.

This year’s race will definitely fall in the category of ‘memorable’.

Standings at 11:30PM CST (9:30PM PST):

Finish
1 Allen Moore (8)
2 Hugh Neff (14)
3 Matt Hall (3)R
4 Ken Anderson (6)
5 John Schandelmeier (17)
6 Torsten Kohnert (13)R
At Braeburn
7 Curt Perano (16)R
Beyond Carmacks
8 Hank DeBruin (18)
9 Brian Wilmshurst (9)
10 Mandy Nauman (11)R
At Carmacks
11 Jerry Joinson (4)

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.

February 12, 2014   4 Comments

Yukon Quest 2014 – Day 11

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Sled DogBashful, a member of Dave Dalton team, died on the trail yesterday. The cause of death hasn’t been determined. Dave scratched at Pelly.

Cody Strathe pushed the Assistance button on the tracker about 26 miles outside of Braeburn early this morning. The RCMP are heading to the area. Cody is automatically withdrawn from the race. John left Carmacks more than 8 hours after Cody and is still about an hour away from Cody according to the tracker.

UPDATE: The RCMP have reported that there are no ‘health issues’ with Cody or his team. This is confirmed by the fact that both John Schandelmeier and Ken Anderson have passed Cody’s position without stopping. I’m guessing he hit something and the sled is matchsticks. Most sleds these days are built primarily from aircraft aluminum, and it isn’t very flexible at -40°.

Update: I was wrong. and then wrong again. OK, Cody finally got to tell us what happened. Two of his eight dogs stopped and he tried moving with two dogs in the sled basket and only 6 pulling. The effort caused him to sweat, the sweat turned to ice, and he figured out that this was not going to work, so he called for help. That was very much the right call for him and the dogs.

At temperatures in the minus 40s, things can go very bad, very quickly, even with people, dogs, and equipment that are designed/experienced with the environment.

Standings at 11:30PM CST (9:30PM PST):

Finish
1 Allen Moore (8)
2 Hugh Neff (14)
3 Matt Hall (3)R
At Braeburn
4 Ken Anderson (6)
5 John Schandelmeier (17)
6 Torsten Kohnert (13)R
Beyond Carmacks
7 Curt Perano (16)R
Beyond Pelly Crossing
8 Jerry Joinson (4)
9 Hank DeBruin (18)
10 Brian Wilmshurst (9)
11 Mandy Nauman (11)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.

February 11, 2014   Comments Off

Yukon Quest 2014 – Day 10

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Sled DogAllen won the Quest at 5:12AM CST. Allen was probably going to win if Brent hadn’t had the accident. His team was just faster than Brent’s, and after an 8-hour rest they would be ready. Allen won the race to Carmacks and Braeburn, and made up the two and a half hour lead that Brent had coming out of Dawson.

Brent will win the Quest. He has a great team. If the way is clear to climb American Summit, 2015 will probably be his year. This year, on this course, Allen’s team was faster.

That said, the race among Allen, Brent, and Hugh made this a great race for fans.

Update: The back of the race is at Scroggie Creek with Jerry Joinson the only one ready to move at -40°F/C. Curt and Dave are at Stepping Stone waiting for the sun. John and Ken are moving, while Hugh is walking his puppies to the finish line, since no one is closer than Carmacks and his pack is probably still annoyed about his giving their snacks to Brent’s team yesterday.

The ‘Final Four’ are moving together. Today on the trail the order was Jerry, Mandy, Hank, and Brian. Hank caught up with them going over Solomon’s Dome outside of Dawson. I expect they will shift to race mode between Carmacks and Braeburn to avoid the Red Lantern.

Standings at 11:59PM CST (9:59PM PST):

Finish
1 Allen Moore (8)
2 Hugh Neff (14)
At Braeburn
3 Matt Hall (3)R
Beyond Carmacks
4 Cody Strathe (10)
5 John Schandelmeier (17)
At Carmacks
6 Ken Anderson (6)
7 Torsten Kohnert (13)R
Beyond Pelly Crossing
8 Curt Perano (16)R
At Pelly Crossing
9 Dave Dalton (5)
Beyond Dawson
10 Jerry Joinson (4)
11 Mandy Nauman (11)R
12 Brian Wilmshurst (9)
13 Hank DeBruin (18)

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.

February 10, 2014   2 Comments

Yukon Quest 2014 – Day 9

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Sled DogAllen won the Carmacks to Braeburn sprint race with Brent and is resting 8 hours in Braeburn before heading to the finish line.

Hank DeBruin is the last team in Dawson, but he will be slow getting started this morning with real winter temperatures in the minus thirties this morning.

Update: Brent Sass is out of the race. He has been withdrawn and is on his way to hospital in Whitehorse. He was injured in an accident about 12 miles from the Braeburn checkpoint. Brent’s condition is described as ‘stable’. His team is in good shape and is being brought to Braeburn by a race official.

Update: Link to Allen Moore & Aliy Zirkle’s blog on the accident, and a Fairbanks News-Miner report from Hugh Neff, the first competitor on the scene.

Brent Sass and his legendary lead dog Silver have helped out a lot of teams in really deep trouble over many years.

Standings at 10:40PM CST (8:40PM PST):

Beyond Braeburn
1 Allen Moore (8)
At Braeburn
2 Hugh Neff (14)
Beyond Pelly Crossing
3 Matt Hall (3)R
4 Cody Strathe (10)
5 John Schandelmeier (17)
Beyond Dawson
6 Ken Anderson (6)
7 Torsten Kohnert (13)R
8 Curt Perano (16)R
9 Dave Dalton (5)
10 Jerry Joinson (4)
11 Mandy Nauman (11)R
12 Brian Wilmshurst (9)
13 Hank DeBruin (18)

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.

February 9, 2014   6 Comments

Yukon Quest 2014 – Day 8

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Sled DogJerry Joinson’s 8-hour penalty for having to replace his busted sled has been rescinded by the Race Marshal. He probably felt that Jerry spent that much time [and/or money equivalent] getting a replacement sled to continue the race.

Tony Angelo has been withdrawn from the race after using the alert button on his tracking device 32 miles from Dawson. Both he and his team are reported in good condition by the Canadian Ranger response team, who will escort them to Dawson.

Standings at 10:20PM CST (8:20PM PST):

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

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.

February 8, 2014   Comments Off

Yukon Quest 2014 – Day 7

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Sled DogEagle was the last checkpoint on Alaskan Standard Time, the time shifts to Pacific Standard Time in the Yukon.

John Schandelmeier is pleasantly surprised to find himself in sixth place, as he assumed he would be somewhere in the back of the field. As this Fairbanks News-Miner profile of John makes clear, he was just expecting to have a long run with the dogs.

John and his wife, Zoya DeNure, run Crazy Dog Kennel which functions more as a rehabilitation center for ‘rescues, rejects, and runts’ than a serious racing enterprise. With two wins and more than a dozen top ten finishes on the Quest, John doesn’t feel the need to prove anything to anyone but his team.

Update: About 25 minutes after midnight CST Allen Moore made it into Pelly Crossing.

Standings at 4:30PM CST (2:30PM PST):

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

February 7, 2014   6 Comments

Yukon Quest 2014 – Day 6

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Sled DogThe weather is staying cold in the Yukon River valley, the day is lengthening by 6+ minutes, and there is a quarter moon at night. Tony Angelo should be in Eagle at any time where he can pick up new batteries for his tracking device. The race is down to Eagle to Dawson, with the leaders leaving Dawson latter today. Brent has a 2½ hour lead over Allen, but that isn’t much at this point.

Tony Angelo apparently had some problems this morning. He was originally right behind Hank DeBruin heading out toward Eagle, but he turned around and went back to the Trout Creek cabin. He may have been soaked by an overflow on the Yukon and needed to dry out before continuing. He is back on the trail as of 1PM CST and his tracker is working again.

Standings at 7:30PM CST (4:30PM AKST):

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

February 6, 2014   Comments Off

Yukon Quest 2014 – Day 5

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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.

February 5, 2014   6 Comments

YQ 300 Final?

Based on the arrival times at the YQ 300 Standings site, this the current order as of 4:30PM CST:

Finished At Central
1 Aliy Zirkle
2 Chase Tingle
3 Heidi Sutter
4 Sebastian Schnuelle
5 Ryne Olson
6 Jimmy Lebling
7 Amanda Gecas
8 Laura Allaway
9 Andrew Pace

Andrew Pace made it to the finish, while Simon McLoughlin scratched at Circle. Simon was crawling along from Central to Circle barely at walking speed for most people, so there was definitely something wrong.

The batteries on some of the tracking units would seem to have failed, notably Sebastian’s and Simon’s, so it hasn’t been easy keeping up with what is happening.

February 4, 2014   Comments Off

Yukon Quest 2014 – Day 4

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Sled DogBrent is still leading, but Allen and Hugh are just behind him. Judging by past races, Hugh will make a move when it means money, so the run to Dawson should be a spirited race within the race. You have to finish to receive the Dawson prize, so a team can’t push too hard, even with 36 hours to recover.

Jerry Joinson will be sitting in Dawson an extra 8 hours as a penalty. He pranged his sled on the trail between Central and Circle and it was too damaged to repair. He will be using a replacement of the same size and weight, but the Quest penalizes the use of more than one sled.

Standings at 10:00PM CST (7:00PM AKST):
[Note: the current standings on the web site are wrong. These standings are based on the Tracking site.]

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

February 4, 2014   Comments Off

YQ 300 Update 2

Aliy Zirkle and all 12 puppies made it to Circle just minutes after her husband, Allen Moore, pulled out. Allen left at 4:54AM and Aliy arrived at 4:57AM.

[My mistake - I forgot that they have a mandatory six-hour stop at Circle, and then head back to actually finish at Central and make the full 300 miles. Too much going on simultaneously, and the last time they ran this route was in 2012.]

Aliy crossed the real finish line at 10:32PM (7:32PM AKST).

Standings at 10:45PM CST (7:45PM AKST):

Finish At Central
1 Aliy Zirkle
Beyond Circle
2 Chase Tingle
3 Heidi Sutter
4 Sebastian Schnuelle
5 Laura Allaway
6 Jimmy Lebling
At Circle
7 Amanda Gecas
8 Andrew Pace
9 Ryne Olson
Beyond Central
10 Simon McLoughlin

Deke Naaktgeboren and Jesse Brattrud scratched at Mile 101.

February 3, 2014   6 Comments