Champion Mackey and Rookie Anderson battling for Quest lead

Lance Mackey and Ken Anderson are fighting for the lead in the Yukon Quest. Defending champion Mackey left the checkpoint of Eagle this morning at 7:10 a.m., followed just one minute later by Anderson. Anderson’s a Quest rookie, but he’s an experienced Iditarod racer, and he’s gotten guidance about the Quest trail from veteran mushers including his wife, Gwen Holdmann, who last ran the Quest in 2004. Mackey and Anderson should arrive at the next checkpoint of Dawson City tomorrow.

Dan Bross and Libby Casey, KUAC – Fairbanks