Summit Quest 300

02-17-21 Summit Quest Wrap Up

Feb 17, 2021
Lex Treinen

The 2021 Summit Quest 300 sled dog race eneded Tuesday in Central. KUAC's Dan Bross and trail reporter Lex Treinen have a race update.


02-16-21 Summit Quest Update

Feb 16, 2021
Lex Treinen

(Central, AK.) Dan Kaduce crossed the finish line at 7:02 p.m. Monday in Central to win the 2021 Summit Quest 300 sled dog race.

Kaduce finished without any of the usual fanfare, with mostly of veterinarians and race officials there to greet him at a finish marked by a single bale of hay.

Likewise, Kaduce was low-key about his win.

“I’m happy about it, I guess,” he said at the finish line. “A little bit surprised just because I don’t win a lot of dog races.”

02-15-21 Summit Quest Update

Feb 15, 2021
Lex Treinen

Three mushers are running close together at the front of the Summit Quest 300 sled dog race. Dan Kaduce, Hugh Neff and Deke Naaktgeboren were at the Circle checkpoint this morning (Mon) completing mandatory rest before they could hit the trail back toward Central, where the race will finish. The competition among the top mushers began to play out yesterday (Sun) as they climbed over the trail’s highpoints: Rosebud and Eagle Summits. KUAC’s Lex Treinen reports.

02-14-21 Summit Quest Update

Feb 14, 2021
Lex Treinen / KUAC

Overnight, leading mushers made the climb over 36 hundred foot Rosebud Summit positioning themselves for the even bigger challenge: Eagle Summit. Morning hours are typically the best time to make the steady climb and precipitous descent of the often wind scoured peak. Lead teams rested up at the Steese Highway Mile 101 checkpoint, prior to making the trek over the mountain, which tops out at nearly 37 hundred feet.

Summit Quest 300 Preview

Feb 12, 2021
Lex Treinen / KUAC

There’s no one thousand mile Yukon Quest between Fairbanks and Whitehorse this year. That’s of course due to pandemic Alaska Yukon border crossing restrictions, but race organizers on the Alaska side are putting on the shorter Quest 300, which usually happens outside of the spotlight, but this year, it’s the main event. Re-branded the Summit Quest 300, the race route runs from Two Rivers over Rosebud and Eagle Summits to Central and Circle, before turning back and finishing in Central.

Low Key Start Planned for Summit Quest

Feb 11, 2021
Lex Treinen

The Summit Quest 300 sled dog race is set to start Saturday, but it will be going off quietly without the usual downtown Fairbanks fanfare. KUAC Quest reporter Lex Treinen explains.

Neff Ready To Return To Quest Trail

Feb 10, 2021
Lex Treinen / KUAC

It’s been three years since 2-time past champion Hugh Neff last competed in a Yukon Quest race, but he’s signed up to run the Summit Quest 300, which starts Saturday. As Lex Treinen reports, Neff has made a lot of changes in his life over the past few years, but says he’s still the same musher.