Yukon Quest

Yukon Quest
6:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Big Rule Change Comes to the Yukon Quest

Brent Sass's lead dogs lick the ice from their booties during a quick stop for supplies at Carmacks during the 2014 Yukon Quest.
Credit Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race will have a new set of rules in 2015.  Overall rest time has been decreased by two hours, but mushers will be required to make more mandatory stops along the 1000 mile trail.

Driving a dog team between Fairbanks and Whitehorse used to take 12 days or more, but in the last few years the fastest sled dogs have completed the run in just over nine days.  Eureka musher Brent Sass says the addition of more mandatory stops fundamentally alters the race. “It’s huge. It’s huge.  It’s a huge change!” he exclaims.

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Yukon Quest
6:29 am
Mon February 17, 2014

2014 Quest Will Go Down as One of the Toughest

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

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Yukon Quest
7:51 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Determined DeBruin Doesn't Disappoint

Hank DeBruin's team of Siberain huskies only gives about 75 percent, says the Canadian musher.
Credit 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.

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Yukon Quest
6:59 am
Thu February 13, 2014

The Back of the Pack is Still Plugging Along Down the Quest Trail

Jerry Joinson's team checks in at the Braeburn Checkpoint
Credit 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.

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Yukon Quest
6:01 am
Wed February 12, 2014

The 'Kiwi Musher' is a Rookie, But He's No Stranger to Mushing

Not only is he the Kiwi Musher, but Curt Perano may also be the frostiest musher on this year's Yukon Quest trail.
Credit 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.

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Yukon Quest
8:46 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Hall is Quest Rookie of the Year

Matt Hall is this year's Rookie of the year, finishing in third place.
Credit 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. 

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Yukon Quest
11:29 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Strathe Ends His Quest Early

Cody Strathe voluntarily ended his race outside of Braeburn early Tuesday morning.
Credit 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.  

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Yukon Quest
11:13 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Sass Still Planning for Iditarod

Brent Sass answers questions about his accident during a press conference in Whitehorse.
Credit 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.

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Yukon Quest
6:38 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Mushers and Sled Dogs Gain Valuable Experience on the Quest Trail

John Schandelmeier's dogs are mopstly rescues and all rookies to the Quest
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.

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Yukon Quest
9:42 am
Mon February 10, 2014

With Similar Plans, It's Anyone's Guess Whether Strathe and Hall Will Race

Cody Strathe's team comes into Pelly crossing
Credit 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.

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