780 AM | 96.1 FM 


(907) 443-5221

Home Stretch of 2020 Yukon Quest, Sass Leaves Phillips Behind With 50 Miles to Go

Michelle Phillips at Braeburn in the 2020 Yukon Quest. Photo from Chance McLaren, Yukon Quest, used with permission.

The mad dash to the finish is on and last year’s Yukon Quest champion Brent Sass has a commanding lead on 2nd position Michelle Phillips in the 2020 race.

Sass completed his mandatory 8-hour layover in Braeburn, the final checkpoint on the Quest trail, and began racing again after 10:30pm AKST last night. Phillips was about 45 minutes behind him out of Braeburn. Both departed the last stop with 11 dogs on the line.

Since leaving Braeburn last night, Sass has maintained his lead, not giving much ground at all to Phillips. The Canadian veteran, Phillips continued to chase him until about 6am this morning when she stopped about 60 miles outside of Whitehorse. The GPS tracker shows that after she stopped for about an hour and a half, Phillips is on the move again, 20 miles behind Sass.

The final checkpoint in the Yukon Quest, Braeburn. Photo from Whitney McLaren, Yukon Quest, used with permission.

There could be a few different reasons for Phillips’ decision to stop at this point in the race, such as poor weather conditions, maybe her team needed more rest, or perhaps something with her own mentality at this point. But we won’t speculate on that until Phillips shares more information at the finish line in Whitehorse.

Meanwhile, 3rd position Cody Strathe is the only other musher to reach Braeburn as of this update. He checked in around 6:45am AKST this morning with nine dogs and will be able to leave by 3pm AKST. The next team expected to arrive into that last checkpoint is Allen Moore, who is still ten miles away at this point.

As the leaders push through the final stretch of the 1,000-mile Quest, we could see a winner around 12pm this afternoon.

Image at top: Michelle Phillips at Braeburn in the 2020 Yukon Quest. Photo from Chance McLaren, Yukon Quest, used with permission.

Share this story


Recent Posts

Big Game Guide Charged With Hunting Brown Bear in a Suspended Area

Krist Zwerneman, owner and operator of Council Alaska Safaris, is facing multiple charges for allegedly guiding brown bear hunts in suspended areas. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by Alaska Wildlife Troopers’ Bethel office. The hunts occurred in GUA 22-04 and 22-05 near Nome. According to the

Read More »

Alaska Airlines Announces Upgrades Coming to Nome Airport

Alaska Airlines has unveiled a $60 million investment plan aimed at upgrading terminals and other facilities across the state. The initiative is part of the airline’s “Great Land Investment Plan” first launched in 2016. Upgrades to the airline’s 13 owned stations, including the Nome Airport, are included in the next

Read More »



Work for Us:




(907) 443-5221 


(907) 868-1200 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that KNOM Radio Mission is located on the customary lands of Indigenous peoples. 

Based in the Bering Strait region, KNOM broadcasts throughout the homelands of the Iñupiaq, Siberian Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Yup’ik peoples.