Ike Underwood of Aniak was the fourth musher in a span of 24 hours to drop out of the race yesterday. According to the Quest, Underwood activated his race-tracking device and requested assistance almost 25 miles outside of the Circle checkpoint. Underwood and his dogs were found to be in good health, but the Quest rookie decided to withdraw for his safety and that of his team.
Six mushers have left Circle and are heading down the 160-mile stretch to Eagle, Alaska. 2013 Quest champion Allen Moore retains his lead in first position.
Katherine Keith and Mike Ellis made the decision to scratch from the race for different reasons. Keith stopped due to a broken wrist, and Ellis announced around 2pm yesterday for the health and well-being of his team. Looking at the remaining field of 24 mushers, leading the pack is 2013 Quest champion Allen Moore, who was the first one out of the Circle checkpoint.
There are a total of 15 veterans and 11 rookies signed up to run the 2018 Yukon Quest; that’s five more mushers than last year’s race. The 35th annual Yukon Quest is scheduled to start on February 3rd.
The deadline to register for the Quest is December 1st at midnight, after that point there will be additional fees for interested mushers. February 3rd is the start date of the 2018 Yukon Quest.
19 mushers have signed up so far for the 2018 Yukon Quest, the 1000-mile, international sled-dog race through Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Registration opened this weekend.