Kobuk 440 race coordinator Carmen Daggett says the first teams are expected to cross the finish line in Kotzebue sometime late Sunday or early Monday.
This will be Royer’s rookie run in the Yukon Quest, although she’s been running dogs for 25 years. She has claimed a spot in the top 20 in Iditarod the past three years in a row – with her best run in 2015, taking 4th place.
A diverse roster of competitors from around the world will be kicking off the 34th annual Yukon Quest — from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Fairbanks — on February 4th.
It’s a “turning point in the race,” Dallas Seavey says, as mushers adjust their schedules and begin to take their mandatory, 24-hour layovers.
The race’s roster includes 11 rookies and 14 veteran mushers, including defending champion Brent Sass of Eureka.
Despite a grueling run down the Yukon, Ruby was just a pit stop for most mushers. Iditarod teams pressed on to Galena or even to Huslia, where Aaron Burmeister arrived first.
Nome musher Rolland Trowbridge and Iditarod veteran Ray Redington, Jr. will be among the rookies running the 2015 Yukon Quest from Whitehorse to Fairbanks.
“For me,” Hugh Neff says, “it’s not just about racing. It’s about exploring, too.” The Tok, Alaska musher’s exploratory spirit has taken him mushing around the…
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Snapshots of the Nikolai checkpoint; photos by Laureli Kinneen. (A gallery of these photos appears below the slideshow; click on any thumbnail to see the image…