Out of the 17 teams currently registered to race the 2018 Kobuk 440 — from Kotzebue to Kobuk and back, starting April 12 — about half are women. With fewer than 20 mushers on the roster, the funds remaining after the champion’s prize will be doled out among the total number of finishers at the end of the race.
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.
At least five mushers have crossed into Canada, according to the GPS tracker. 2013 Quest champion Allen Moore continues the lead he’s held since the second day of the thousand-mile international sled dog race.
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.
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.
26 teams, including two mushers from Western Alaska, are set to compete on a 1,000-mile course from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.
According to race manager Madelene Reichard, Mike Williams, Sr., has selected his alternate Thomas Carl to race in his place for the 39th running of the K300. Besides this registration swap, the newest musher to add their name to the list was Jessie Holmes. The 2018 Kuskokwim 300 begins at 6:30pm next Friday, January 19th.
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.