Yukon Quest

Quest Trail Traces History

Feb 2, 2016

The 2016 Yukon Quest gets underway in Fairbanks this Saturday, with 23 teams running a thousand miles to Whitehorse. As KUAC’s Molly Rettig reports, dog teams will be traversing a trail rooted in history.

Molly Rettig

Yukon Quest mushers have surpassed a major milestone in preparation for running next month’s race. As KUAC’s Molly Rettig reports, tons of race food and gear were dropped off over the weekend for shipping to checkpoints along the thousand mile route between Fairbanks and Whitehorse.

(Fairbanks, AK.) The Yukon Quest is going back to a longer break at the races halfway point. Up until this year, mushers had always been required to take a 36 hour rest at Dawson City, but at the request of racers, and support staff, Quest organizers went to a 24 hour break at Dawson in 2015, distributing the leftover rest time to other stops along the thousand mile trail between Whitehorse and Fairbanks. Quest Alaska race director Mart Steury (STUR-ee) says it turned out that 24 hours wasn’t enough time.

2015 Yukon Quest Mushers Celebrate at Awards Banquet

Feb 23, 2015

Fairbanks, AK - Mushers, fans and member of the race organization gathered for the 2015 Yukon Quest awards banquet Saturday Night. It was a night to share stories, reflect on this year’s race and recognize exemplary performance.

Fairbanks, AK - Three Yukon Quest sled dog teams crossed the finish line over night. But the three mushers have very different feelings about how the race played out for them this year.

When Ed Hopkins arrived for the start of this year’s Yukon Quest, the quiet, easy going Canadian knew he had a competitive dog team. “I’m going to try and giver her,” he smiled. “ ’m just ready for it. I’ve been ready to go a longtime ago.”

Brent Sass Wins 2015 Yukon Quest

Feb 17, 2015

Fairbanks, AK - The bells of the historic Immaculate Conception Cathedral in downtown Fairbanks rang in honor of legendary musher George Attla who died this week as Eureka musher Brent Sass cruised across the finish line to win this year’s Yukon Quest. As KUAC’s Emily Schwing reports, Sass has been trying to win the Quest for years.  This year, he gave up a ten hour lead to two-time defending champion Allen Moore, who refused to give up easily. 

Emily Schwing / KUAC

  Eagle, AK - There are fewer miles between the top two mushers and the Yukon Quest finish line in Fairbanks than there are between the leaders and the current red lantern team. A few mushers at the back of the pack have become travel companions and there just may be a race for the red lantern brewing.

There’s no question that Kristin Knight-Pace’s sled is huge. “My sled bag is pretty small,” she said. “It’s something I learned a little too late and also all the zippers are broken so it’s being held together with tug lines.”

Pat Kane / Yukon Quest

Mile 101, Steese Hwy, AK - The race for the finish line is on after Brent Sass gave up a 10-hour lead Sunday on Allen Moore’s dog team. The top two Yukon Quest mushers will layover for a mandatory eight hours after they arrive in Two Rivers, the last checkpoint on the trail.

It was early morning when Allen Moore met up with a Yukon Quest trailbreaker as he drove his team down the meandering trail on Birch Creek. “I met him head-on when I was running his morning and he said Brent had a bit of a problem and I would probably catch him because he was till walking,” said Moore.

Two top ten teams are out after hard day on the trail

Feb 14, 2015
Pat Kane / Yukon Quest

Eagle, AK - It was a day of attrition on the Yukon Quest trail Saturday as mushers left the eagle checkpoint and headed for Circle. Two experienced teams unexpectedly returned to Eagle to scratch from the race.

  When Cody Strathe left Eagle early in the morning, his dog team seemed happy to make their way down the trail. But Strathe said he knew better. “The last few days, the dogs have been giving me signs that they had issues,” he said, “but in my head, I keep saying ‘Oh we’re good, if we can get through this, we can just keep going’ and you can only do that so many times.”

Ulsom, Hopkins vie for top five spots

Feb 14, 2015
Julien Schroder / Yukon Quest

  Two teams have been vying for spots in the top five since they left Dawson City, but things change quickly on the Yukon Quest trail. One of those teams is struggling, while the other is carefully picking its way down the trail.