Moore claims his third Yukon Quest win after finishing first in 2013 and 2014. Third-place finisher Laura Neese arrived into the Whitehorse finish just before 5:00 PST this afternoon.
Just before 8 am PST this morning, Moore mushed into Whitehorse, the finish line for this 1,000 mile international sled dog race. The veteran musher from Two Rivers took the win home with all of the dogs he started with.
Hugh Neff made good on his intent to scratch upon arriving into Dawson City. One of Neff’s dogs died during the race, and Quest Head Veterinarian Cristina Hansen has released a preliminary necropsy. Hansen believes Neff’s dog Bobby, died from aspiration, when the dog’s airway became blocked by foreign materials such as vomit. Quest staff say final necropsy results are expected to be released one month after the race finishes.
Quest Staff Retracts Musher’s Withdrawal; Paige Drobny and Matt Hall Chasing Moore To Pelly’s Crossing
According to Quest staff, Severin Cathry remains a legitimate competitor in the race and is NOT withdrawn, as was earlier reported. Due to an internal miscommunication, Quest staff believed Cathry had called for assistance, but upon further review, it was found that Cathry never sent an SOS and, therefore, continues to race.
Campeau called for help yesterday afternoon about 45 miles outside of Eagle. His wife, Quest rookie Jennifer Campeau, scratched early this afternoon.
Two mushers have now reached the Eagle checkpoint in this year’s Yukon Quest, with several more not far behind. Mushers still have to climb the 3420-feet American Summit before crossing into Canada.
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.