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Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 14 et Fini

Sled DogGaetan Pierrard is the final team on the trail. Wearing bib number 7 and carrying la Lanterne Rouge at 6AM CST he still has 35 miles to go until the finish at Takhini Hot Spring. While the shift to the Spring shortened the course, instead of a flat run on the river down to Whitehorse, teams are having to navigate hills at the end. The moon has been waxing and is nearly full.and the Northern Lights have been active, so hasn’t been pitch black, but after two weeks on the trail you will start to see things that aren’t there and miss things that are. His last indicated speed was 7mph.

As he had planned with a friend, Gaetan arrived at the finish around 11AM CDT (9AM PST) ending the race. 19 out of 23 teams and 179 of 322 puppies that started finished. Hugh finished in 9 days, 1 hour, and 25 minutes, and it took Gaetan 12 days, 19 hours, and 51 minutes.

February 19, 2016   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 14 et Fini

Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 13

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Sled DogGaetan Pierrard and the Red Lantern are about 100 miles from the finish. Tore and Rob should be done before noon, and Gaetan will be in Braeburn for the 8-hour about the same time.

Rob has slowed and is still 20 miles from the finish at Noon CST, while Gaetan is resting at Braeburn until 8PM CST.

Update:When Sébastien Dos Santos Borges scratched at Carmacks yesterday, the reason given was “personal”. It was for the saddest of reasons – one of his puppies passed away. This is fortunately a rare event, and the majority of mushers scratch as a result. The dog was taken to Whitehorse for an examination to determine cause of death.

The preliminary results of the investigation of Polar’s death indicate an acute gastric (stomach) hemorrhage, not uncommon among many large breeds that gulp rather than chew. Other than the hemorrhage the dog was in good condition with no indication of mistreatment.

Gaetan and the Red Lantern are on the trail to Takhini Hot Spring. The team should finish early tomorrow morning.

The Current Standings at 8:10PM CST (6:10PM PST):

Finished At Takhini Hot Spring
5 Ed Hopkins (3)
6 Torsten Kohnert (12)
7 Tom Frode Johansen (19)R
8 Seth Barnes (17)R
9 Yuka Honda (6)
10 Mike Ellis (2)
11 Dave Dalton (8)
12 Luc Tweddell (21)
13 Laura Neese (1)R
14 Paige Drobny (5)
15 Cody Strathe (14)
16 Andrew Pace (18)R
17 Tore Albrigtsen (11)R
18 Rob Cooke (20)
Beyond Braeburn
19 Gaetan Pierrard (7)RΦ
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February 18, 2016   2 Comments

Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 12

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Sled DogThe first five finishers completed the race in under 10 days, after you subtract the mandatory rest periods. Luc Tweddell left Braeburn with the absolute minimum team of 6 dogs, and Seth Barnes finished with 7 puppies still pulling. The trail may have been fast, but it was hard on puppies and equipment.

Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (23) scratched at Carmacks. He was in 19th position with 9 puppies in harness.

The Current Standings at 8:00PM CST (6:00PM PST):

Finished At Takhini Hot Spring
5 Ed Hopkins (3)
6 Torsten Kohnert (12)
7 Tom Frode Johansen (19)R
8 Seth Barnes (17)R
9 Yuka Honda (6)
10 Mike Ellis (2)
11 Dave Dalton (8)
12 Luc Tweddell (21)
Beyond Braeburn
13 Laura Neese (1)R
At Braeburn
14 Cody Strathe (14)
15 Paige Drobny (5)
16 Andrew Pace (18)R
17 Tore Albrigtsen (11)R
18 Rob Cooke (20)
At Carmacks
19 Gaetan Pierrard (7)RΦ
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February 17, 2016   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 12

Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 11

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Sled DogMatt Hall finished in downtown Whitehorse, but from Ed Hopkins on the teams will finish at Takhini Hot Springs to avoid the changing river conditions caused by recent warm weather in Whitehorse.

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

Finished At Whitehorse
1 Hugh Neff (22)
2 Brent Sass (9)
3 Allen Moore (4)
4 Matt Hall (15)
Finished At Takhini Hot Spring
5 Ed Hopkins (3)
6 Torsten Kohnert (12)
7 Tom Frode Johansen (19)R
Beyond Braeburn
8 Seth Barnes (17)R
9 Yuka Honda (6)
10 Mike Ellis (2)
At Braeburn
11 Dave Dalton (8)
Beyond Carmacks
12 Luc Tweddell (21)
13 Laura Neese (1)R
14 Cody Strathe (14)
15 Paige Drobny (5)
16 Andrew Pace (18)R
Beyond Pelly Crossing
17 Rob Cooke (20)
18 Tore Albrigtsen (11)R
19 Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (23)R
At Pelly Crossing
20 Gaetan Pierrard (7)RΦ
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February 16, 2016   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 11

Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 10

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Sled DogHugh has about a three-hour lead for the last 90 miles into Whitehorse, which is not comfortable with Brent and Allen behind you having completed a solid rest.

The Winners are: the nine puppies pulling Hugh Neff from Fairbanks. Brent cut Hugh’s lead in half, but couldn’t make up the last hour and a half. Allen will be in at about 7:30PM CDT.

The Current Standings at 9:00PM CST ( 7:00PM PST):

Finished At Whitehorse
1 Hugh Neff (22)
2 Brent Sass (9)
3 Allen Moore (4)
Beyond Braeburn
4 Matt Hall (15)
5 Ed Hopkins (3)
At Braeburn
6 Torsten Kohnert (12)
Beyond Carmacks
7 Tom Frode Johansen (19)R
At Carmacks
8 Yuka Honda (6)
9 Seth Barnes (17)R
10 Mike Ellis (2)
Beyond Pelly Crossing
11 Dave Dalton (8)
12 Luc Tweddell (21)
At Pelly Crossing
13 Laura Neese (1)R
Beyond Dawson
14 Andrew Pace (18)R
15 Cody Strathe (14)
16 Paige Drobny (5)
17 Rob Cooke (20)
18 Tore Albrigtsen (11)R
19 Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (23)R
20 Gaetan Pierrard (7)RΦ
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February 15, 2016   4 Comments

Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 9

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Sled DogTony Angelo has been withdrawn by the Race Marshal. Tony didn’t break any rules, but the officials felt they were acting in the best interests of Tony and his puppies. While Tony is officially listed as a rookie, this is his third attempt to complete the race. Tony’s puppies are all AKC registered Siberians.

The leaders (Hugh, Brent & Allen) have arrived for an 8-hour mandatory rest stop at Braeburn before the dash to the finish tomorrow.

The Current Standings at 10:00PM CST (8:00PM PST):

At Braeburn
1 Hugh Neff (22)
2 Brent Sass (9)
3 Allen Moore (4)
Beyond Carmacks
4 Matt Hall (15)
Beyond Pelly Crossing
5 Ed Hopkins (3)
6 Torsten Kohnert (12)
7 Tom Frode Johansen (19)R
Beyond Dawson
8 Yuka Honda (6)
9 Seth Barnes (17)R
10 Mike Ellis (2)
11 Dave Dalton (8)
12 Laura Neese (1)R
13 Andrew Pace (18)R
14 Luc Tweddell (21)
15 Cody Strathe (14)
16 Paige Drobny (5)
17 Rob Cooke (20)
18 Tore Albrigtsen (11)R
19 Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (23)R
20 Gaetan Pierrard (7)R
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February 14, 2016   4 Comments

Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 8

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Sled DogTony Angelo is the last team on the trail to Dawson. Ten teams have already left Dawson and ten are still resting there. Carmacks and Whitehorse are already in the 20s this morning which is warm for sleddogs.

Allen has about a hour lead on Brent which is not significant at this point in the race.

The Current Standings at 9:00PM CST (7:00PM PST):

Beyond Pelly Crossing
1 Hugh Neff (22)
2 Brent Sass (9)
3 Allen Moore (4)
At Pelly Crossing
4 Matt Hall (15)
Beyond Dawson
5 Ed Hopkins (3)
6 Torsten Kohnert (12)
7 Tom Frode Johansen (19)R
8 Yuka Honda (6)
9 Seth Barnes (17)R
10 Mike Ellis (2)
11 Dave Dalton (8)
12 Laura Neese (1)R
13 Andrew Pace (18)R
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February 13, 2016   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 8

Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 7

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Sled DogThe Yukon provided some snow for the teams to move over, although it wasn’t packed so it slowed things down. Mike Ellis runs a team of Siberian huskies that are always the best looking team on any course. Mike and Sue’s puppies win at dog shows as well as sleddog races.

Hank DeBruin (10) returned to Eagle and scratched with 9 puppies. He has been having problems since Central and was well behind the field, which was not normal for his team.

The Current Standings at 9:30PM CST (7:30PM PST):

Beyond Dawson
1 Brent Sass (9)
2 Allen Moore (4)
3 Hugh Neff (22)
4 Matt Hall (15)
5 Ed Hopkins (3)
6 Torsten Kohnert (12)
7 Tom Frode Johansen (19)R
At Dawson
8 Yuka Honda (6)
9 Seth Barnes (17)R
10 Mike Ellis (2)
11 Dave Dalton (8)
12 Laura Neese (1)R
13 Andrew Pace (18)R
14 Luc Tweddell (21)
15 Cody Strathe (14)
16 Paige Drobny (5)
17 Rob Cooke (20)
18 Tore Albrigtsen (11)R
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February 12, 2016   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 7

Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 6

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Sled DogToday will be a matter of everyone gathering at Dawson, while tomorrow they’ll dribble back on the trail. It will be a matter of getting a good night’s sleep, fixing equipment, eating a few hot meals, and having a beer or six.

Tony and Hank are the only teams still in Alaska, the other 20 teams are in the Yukon. Tomorrow times will be Central time for me and Pacific for the Yukon.

The Current Standings at 8:00PM CST (5:00PM AKST):

At Dawson
1 Brent Sass (9)
2 Allen Moore (4)
3 Hugh Neff (22)
4 Matt Hall (15)
5 Ed Hopkins (3)
6 Torsten Kohnert (12)
7 Tom Frode Johansen (19)R
8 Yuka Honda (6)
9 Seth Barnes (17)R
10 Mike Ellis (2)
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February 11, 2016   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 6

Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 5

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Sled DogBrent is about 3 hours from Dawson and an extended rest. He is getting ready to drop down into the valley, so it might not take the full 3 hours.

The Current Standings at 6:00AM CST (3:00AM AKST):

At Dawson
1 Brent Sass (9)
2 Allen Moore (4)
3 Hugh Neff (22)
Beyond Eagle
4 Matt Hall (15)
5 Ed Hopkins (3)
6 Torsten Kohnert (12)
7 Tom Frode Johansen (19)R
8 Seth Barnes (17)R
9 Andrew Pace (18)R
10 Yuka Honda (6)
11 Mike Ellis (2)
12 Dave Dalton (8)
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February 10, 2016   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 5

YQ 300 2016 Final

The race took just over 2 days to find a winner, with 16 of 23 starters finishing. This the tougher of the two 300s because of the mountains, Rosebud & Eagle, so two-thirds of the field finishing is really good.

The finishing order was probably:

1 Jessie Holmes (62)
2 Aliy Zirkle (51)
3 Joanna Jagow (54)
4 Ryne Olson (58)
5 Josh Skerritt (72)
6 Shaynee Traska (65)
7 Melissa Stewart (66)
8 Benjamin Good (55)
9 Olaf Thurau (57)
10 Chase Tingle (53)
11 Dr. Joe Carson (60)
12 Tim Muto (67)
13 John Dixon (69)
14 Mary Helwig (59)
15 Maliko Ubl (63)
16 Otto Balogh (52)

No guarantees beyond 10th place.

February 9, 2016   Comments Off on YQ 300 2016 Final

Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 4

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Sled DogHank DeBruin is the only one left at Circle as Brent Sass pulled into Eagle this morning. Hank had a problem with a dog yesterday and it has really slowed him down.

The jumble ice is reported to be really fierce on the rivers this year. The winner may be the team with the strongest sled.

Brent Sass crossed the border into the Yukon just before 10PM CST [7PM AKST]

The Current Standings at 9:30PM CST (6:30PM AKST):

Beyond Eagle
1 Brent Sass (9)
2 Allen Moore (4)
3 Hugh Neff (22)
4 Matt Hall (15)
5 Ed Hopkins (3)
Beyond Circle
6 Torsten Kohnert (12)
7 Tom Frode Johansen (19)R
8 Seth Barnes (17)R
9 Andrew Pace (18)R
10 Yuka Honda (6)
11 Dave Dalton (8)
12 Mike Ellis (2)
13 Cody Strathe (14)
14 Paige Drobny (5)
15 Luc Tweddell (21)
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February 9, 2016   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 4

YQ 300 2016 Update

Jessie Holmes (62) has won the 300 with Aliy Zirkle (51) coming in second. The manner in which the 300 is reported makes it difficult to rank teams until they have finished.

February 8, 2016   Comments Off on YQ 300 2016 Update

Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 3

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Sled DogRookie Jay Levy scratched at Mile 101 for the well being of her dogs. She is from Durham, North Carolina.

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

Beyond Circle
1 Brent Sass (9)
2 Allen Moore (4)
3 Hugh Neff (22)
4 Matt Hall (15)
5 Ed Hopkins (3)
6 Torsten Kohnert (12)
7 Tom Frode Johansen (19)R
8 Seth Barnes (17)R
9 Andrew Pace (18)R
10 Yuka Honda (6)
11 Dave Dalton (8)
12 Mike Ellis (2)
13 Cody Strathe (14)
14 Paige Drobny (5)
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February 8, 2016   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2016 – Day 3