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Yukon Quest Participants Reflect on 2012 Race

As the 2012 Quest winds down, some mushers are reflecting on a race that never really materialized for them.

Hugh Neff Wins Yukon Quest

Alaskan Hugh Neff has won the Yukon Quest. Neff outran Allen Moore by 26 seconds this morning in Whitehorse, Yukon to take the victory in the 39th running of the sled dog race. The Tok musher had come from behind to win. Neff had trailed Moore by 42 minutes on Monday.

Moore Still Leading Yukon Quest Field

Allen Moore is still leading the Yukon Quest. He left the Braeburn checkpoint late this afternoon, followed by Hugh Neff less than 45 minutes later.

Mushers Begin To Leave Dawson City

The top 3 Yukon Quest leaders are running tight, but the group behind is not giving up as teams head over the next 500 miles of trail toward the finish in Whitehorse.

Allen Moore First Musher To Reach Dawson City

Allen Moore of Two Rivers is first musher to reach the halfway point of the Yukon Quest. Moore was followed in closely by Lance Mackey and High Neff early this morning. As Emily Schwing reports, temperatures are climbing above zero, and mushers are starting to position themselves for a race to the finish.

Yukon Quest Leaders Expected In Dawson City Tonight

The first musher to the race’s halfway point at Dawson City is expected tonight. Mushers have been out of touch, on the remote 150 mile stretch of trail between Eagle and Dawson since last night when four-time champ Lance Mackey led Hugh Neff, Allen Moore, Brent Sass, Jake Berkowitz and Sonny Lindner out of the checkpoint.

Lance Mackey Takes Yukon Quest Lead

Lance Mackey has taken the lead in the Yukon Quest sled dog race. He arrived at Eagle Checkpoint at 2:08 this afternoon, with Hugh Neff one minute behind. Allen Moore and Brent Sass are also resting at Eagle. Meanwhile, a second musher has dropped out of the race. Rookie Jason Weitzel of Two Rivers scratched back at Circle.

Yukon Quest Leaders Leave Circle

The early leaders in this year’s Quest headed out of the Circle City checkpoint over 200 miles into the race, onto the frozen Yukon River this morning.

Final Yukon Quest Preparations Taking Place

Mushers are finalizing their plans, and race officials are checking on trail conditions as Saturday’s start of 2012 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race fast approaches.

Weather Advisory In Place Over Steese Highway, Part of Yukon Quest Trail

There is a winter weather advisory in effect over the Steese Highway, including Eagle Summit and over 100 miles of the Yukon Quest trail until early morning, Saturday.

Yukon Quest Starts Saturday

]The Yukon Quest starts in Fairbanks tomorrow and the teams could soon be heading into a winter storm.

Vets Checking Out Dogs Before Yukon Quest

Yukon Quest mushers brought their dog teams to a warehouse in South Fairbanks on Saturday to let race veterinarians look over all of the dogs signed up to run.

Yukon Quest Mushers Drop Off Food For The Trail

The start of the Yukon Quest is less than two weeks out, and a key pre race milestone, the food drop was held Saturday. Mushers dropped off bags of food and supplies to be delivered to checkpoints along the thousand mile race trail.

Advisory Council Addresses Anterless Moose Hunts

The contentious issue of antlerless moose hunts drew a large crowd to a Fairbanks Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting Thursday night.