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Wiljes, Quest Musher, Loses Sled Dog to Aspiration

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Yukon Quest 2019 has seen its first sled dog death. Misha Wiljes arrived into Central checkpoint Monday night carrying a deceased dog. Results from a preliminary necropsy cite aspiration as the dog’s cause of death.

Eight Quest Mushers Through Eagle; Top Four Thunder Ahead

Sled dog team ascends trail amid snow-covered, forested mountains.

According to the GPS tracker, as of 12noon, Moore is now 55 miles away from Slaven’s Roadhouse, moving at roughly 9 miles per hour. As he maintains his lead with 13 dogs, he is followed closely by Brent Sass, Hans Gatt, and Michelle Phillips, who are in second through fourth positions, respectively.

Quest Standings Are Tight As Mushers Prep to Leave Dawson Overnight

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The race leaders of Yukon Quest 2019, starting with Brent Sass and Michelle Phillips, will be eligible to depart Dawson City late tonight and overnight into Thursday. Fellow musher Allen Moore predicts tight competition in the second half of the race. Phillips’ team has “pep,” Moore says.

Quest Leaders Set to Depart Dawson Late Wednesday

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23 of the 30 mushers in Yukon Quest 2019 have safely made it into Dawson City and are now resting a mandatory 36 hours before the race starts back up again. The top five will be eligible to leave late tonight, having mostly arrived in Dawson City just over 24 hours ago.