Neff Takes Yukon Quest Lead, Breaks Record Along The Way

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks
Hugh Neff has carved out a 3 hour lead in the Yukon Quest. Neff, of Tok, led the way into Dawson yesterday afternoon, smashing the record for covering the first half of the race. Defending champion Hans Gatt of Whitehorse was second into Dawson at 6:36 last night, followed by Ken Anderson of Fox at 8:30.

So far, 14 teams have made it into Dawson where they take a mandatory 36 hour rest. While mushers get a shower, sleep and hot meals, the dogs rest in straw lined tents, get regular massages and pile on the calories to prepare for the second half of the race.

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