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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. 

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.

Julien Schroder / Yukon Quest

  Dawson City, AK - The top Yukon Quest mushers have been arriving in Dawson City all night. The trail to the race’s halfway point has been rough, but mushers know the Alaska side of the trail could be even tougher and there’s plenty more racing to be done.

Eureka musher Brent Sass has a six-hour lead. He also stands to win a little extra prize money. If he crosses the finish line in Fairbanks, Sass will win the Dawson award: four ounces of gold, valued at roughly six thousand dollars. 

Emily Schwing / KUAC

  Pelly Crossing, YK - The first Yukon Quest musher to arrive in Dawson City is awarded four ounces of gold. This year, it’s valued at six thousands dollars. In order to keep the money, the team also has to finish the race.

Gold or not, mushers have to find a ways to get to Dawson with teams that can still be able to race on the Alaska-side of the trail.

Allen Moore was explaining his race strategy when his alarm went off in the Pelly Crossing Checkpoint. “Uh oh, it’s time to get up. Alright, I’m awake!” he joked.

Fairbanks, AK - Of he 26 mushers signed up to race dog teams in this year’s Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race, 10 are rookies. They might be new to the race, but a few trained dog teams with a handful of well-known and champion long-distance mushers.

Fairbanks, AK -The headquarters of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in both Alaska and Canada were buzzing Saturday with talk of snow and mushing.Two-time champion Allen Moore plans to return.

“We’re gonna do the same that we’ve done every year," he says.  "Hopefully we’ll have a good chance at the end. There’s lots of people that will have a good chance to win, but everything has to line up, as you know.” 

 

Big Rule Change Comes to the Yukon Quest

Jul 8, 2014
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.

Mushers Hold Back on Speed

Mar 4, 2014
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Rainy Pass, AK - Iditarod mushers are working hard to hold back teams on what has been an icy, hard packed trail.  A snowless, rocky stretch of trail through a burn will slow them down, but most mushers are riding their brakes.

Teams Take a Beating in the Alaska Range

Mar 4, 2014
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Rainy Pass, AK - Mushers are taking a beating on their way through the Alaska Range as the make their way down the Iditarod Trail.  There are plenty of stories about banged up gear and broken equipment.

There’s a place on the Iditarod trail where the route vanishes over a small cliff, twice. These are the Happy River Steps and they gave DeeDee Jonrowe a bit of a scare this time around. “I don’t enjoy what I just did,” she says grimly.

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.

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