2019 Yukon Quest dog sled race

Anyone with time to kill over the next 9 or so days might find interest in following the mushers on the 1000 mile Yukon Quest Whitehorse to Fairbanks dog sled race. They have a good field this year with a half dozen top contenders. Less well known then the Iditarod it is considered more challenging in that the checkpoints are fewer and farther apart.

Young, old, man or woman it is open to all and quite surprising how exciting 8 mph 24/7 at -35 can be. 2016 winning margin was under 30 secs after 9 days and a 1000 miles by dog sled. True thrill of the chase adventure. Not much for prize money so truly a love of the sport kind of thing. Matt Halls winning purse in 2017 was something like $22,000 US. He is back.

My money is on Allen Moore with good luck wishes to Brent Sass and Hans Gatt and to all of the others that set out as well. It is not easy

Anyway… yukonquest.com and facebook if you like. Starts today.

Brent Sass leads Michelle Phillips by 27 minutes as they arrive in Dawson and the midpoint of the race. Two 60 year olds in Hans Gatt and Allen Moore are close behind Sass with strong teams. Matt Hall was 7th into Dawson 4 hours behind the leaders.

There is a mandatory 36 hour layover in Dawson. You can bet the party is on.

Believe first musher out of Dawson is midnight Wednesday. Satellite tracking via the website is about the best for following along that I have found. Race is far from over.