Yukon Quest rookie musher is penalized

Feb 10, 2015

Dawson City, YK - Yukon Quest rookie musher Jason Campeau will have to wait an extra eight hours to leave Dawson City after he arrives with his dog team at the race’s halfway point.

The time penalty comes after the musher accepted a new sled from friend and fellow musher, Jake Berkowitz.  Campeau broke a sled runner on an ice section of trail near Carmacks.  He was unable to secure the runner to continue his race.  

Berkowitz was running a second team for Campeau in the shorter Yukon Quest 300. Berkowitz offered to give up his sled in that race and scratch so that Campeau could navigate rough jumble ice on the way to Pelly Crossing.

Race Marshall Doug Grilliot (Grill-EEE-OH) says the incident “wasn’t a big deal.” He says he authorized Campeau to trade out his sled, but the musher will stay in Dawson for 32 hours.