#YQ2014

2014 Quest Will Go Down as One of the Toughest

Feb 17, 2014

Whitehorse, YK - The 31st annual Yukon Quest came to a close Saturday night with the finish banquet and an awards ceremony.

Determined DeBruin Doesn't Disappoint

Feb 14, 2014
Julien Schroder / Yukon Quest

Whitehorse, YK - The 2014 Yukon Quest is likely to come to a close today with four mushers due in Friday.  They’ve spent nearly two weeks out on the trail.  But, there’s one musher who tries to avoid the limelight, but he’d also like to avoid the red lantern.

Julien Schroder / Yukon Quest

Carmacks, YK - The back of the pack is nearing the Yukon Quest finish line. But their run to Whitehorse has been filled with trials and tribulations. And there’s still a race happening.

Julian Schroder / Yukon Quest

Carmacks, YK - The Yukon Quest has once again proven itself as one of the toughest races in the Far North.  Of the 18 mushers who signed up for this year’s race, only eleven may finish.  The race has claimed rookies, and seasoned veterans alike, but there are still a handful of teams plugging along toward the finish line outside of Whitehorse.  KUAC’s Emily Schwing caught up with the “Kiwi Musher” and has this profile.

Hall is Quest Rookie of the Year

Feb 11, 2014
Mark Gillet / Yukon Quest

Carmacks, YK - Matt Hall claimed third place and became this year’s Yukon Quest Rookie of the Year Tuesday afternoon.  The 22-year old grew up training dogs in Eagle, Alaska. He says he signed up for this year’s Quest for the experience. “I didn’t go it this race with a schedule of any kind.  I basically figured it out right out of the start chute.”

He says he didn’t decided to start running a competitive race until he reached the halfway point in Dawson City. 

Strathe Ends His Quest Early

Feb 11, 2014
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Carmacks, YK - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or RCMP, deployed early this morning to assist Fairbanks musher Cody Starthe 26 miles outside of Braeburn, the last checkpoint on the Yukon Quest trail.  
Around 1 am, Strathe activated the help button on his GPS Spot tracking device. The Canadian rangers were also asked to assist in the rescue effort.

The musher left Carmacks with eight sled dogs.  They were all found safe along the trail.  Temperatures in the area dropped to between 40 and 50 degrees below zero overnight.  

Sass Still Planning for Iditarod

Feb 11, 2014
Mark Gillet / Yukon Quest

Carmacks, YK - The Yukon Quest Race Organization held a press conference with Brent Sass this morning (Tuesday).  The musher discussed the accident that led to a serious concussion and took him out of this year’s race. The musher was emotional, but he’s confident about his future mushing career.

Julian Schroder / Yukon Quest

Carmacks, YK - Sometimes the only way to find out whether you have a competitive dog team is to compete.  As eleven teams continue to make their way toward the finish line at Takhini Hot Springs outside Whitehorse, they’re likely finding out plenty about the dogs on their teams.

Julian Schroder / Yukon Quest

Carmacks, YK - Teams are edging closer to the finish line in this year’s Yukon Quest, but they may not get there without at least a little bit of racing.  Two major runs and a mandatory rest are all that separates Cody Strathe and Matt Hall from the finish line  Takhini Hot Springs.

Allen Moore Wins 2014 Yukon Quest

Feb 10, 2014
Mark Gillet / Yukon Quest

Tahkini Hot Springs, YK - Allen Moore has won the Yukon Quest International Sled dog Race for the second consecutive year.  Moore’s team is known for its petite stature, perky ears and wagging tails and they didn’t disappoint.  They jumped in harness and yelped after arriving at Takhini Hot Springs 30 miles outside of Whitehorse.

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