Tyler Huntington and the crew of Miss Riverboat Discovery had $1,500 to show for their efforts in the Yukon 800 Marathon riverboat race Saturday in Fairbanks.
Huntington's boat compiled a running time of 5 hours, 48 minutes in the first 400 miles of the 800-mile, out-and-back race from Fairbanks to Galena.
The event, which runs along the Chena, Tanana and Yukon rivers, is considered to be the world's toughest riverboat race.
Boats will leave Galena en masse at 6 a.m. Sunday. The first boat is expected to arrive at Pike's Landing in Fairbanks six or seven hours later, between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.
The Miss Riverboat Discovery crew arrived in Galena, Huntington's hometown, at 5:17 p.m.
Four boats were in Galena by 6:30 p.m. Saturday and two boats, including that of 10-time defending champion Harold Attla, withdrew because of mechanical problems.
The seventh boat, the Hank Moon, was expected to arrive late Saturday. Albert Attla and crew were delayed when they had to rebuild a gear unit.
Huntington and his crew shared a $3,000 halfway purse with Bill Page and the crew of Slo Mo, who received $1,000 for being second into Galena at 5:32 p.m., and Joey Zuray and the crew of Delu, who collected $500 for being third, arriving at 6:19 p.m.