Last-Place Musher Will Be Allowed to Finish Yukon Quest

The final teams in the Yukon Quest continue to make their way into Whitehorse, but there are still two at Pelly Crossing, more than 250 trail miles from the finish line.   After Chukotka musher Michael Telpin’s GPS location device stopped working Tuesday, Quest officials sent a snow machine team to find him on the trail.  They located him at the Stepping Stone hospitality stop this afternoon.  Officials say he and his team were in good spirits.   They have decided to allow the Russian rookie to continue his race. Sue Thomas is the Executive Director of the Yukon Quest in Whitehorse.

Michael Telpin is a renowned musher in Russia.  However, he runs dogs mainly along the coastline and on tundra.  He had reservations about running his dogs in the dark and was concerned that he might become disoriented running amongst trees at night.  Marcelle Fressineau, a French Canadian, is running right in front of Telpin.  According to the official rules, the first and last team must run within 60 hours of each other.  But Thomas says officials decided to allow the two to continue the race, unsupported from Dawson City.

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