Moore outlasts Petit to win Copper Basin 300

sports@adn.comJanuary 13, 2014 

Allen Moore mushed to his fifth Copper Basin 300 championship on Monday, holding off Nicolas Petit on the final run to the finish line in Glennallen.

Fans were treated to a daylight finish at the Old Paths Baptist Church, where it was about minus-5 when Moore and Petit arrived after a 300-mile journey that began Saturday.

Moore reached the finish line with a team of 10 dogs at 2:05 p.m. Petit, driving a team of eight dogs, was close behind at 2:12 p.m.

Moore, a Two Rivers driver from SP Kennel, successfully defended his 2013 title. His other victories came in 2008, 2007 and 2005.

Petit, a Girdwood man who was named Most Improved in last year's Iditarod after placing sixth, made the top three for the second year in a row, improving on last year's third-place finish.

Moore snatched the lead from Petit at the Tolsana checkpoint early Monday morning.

Petit was the first to reach the Tolsana checkpoint at 6:22 a.m. after a long run from Lake Louise Lodge. Moore followed at 6:44 a.m.

Moore spent just 30 minutes at the checkpoint while Petit stayed for an hour, which put Moore on the trail eight minutes ahead of Petit.

Moore then traveled the 30-mile loop to Crosswind Lake and back to Tolsana in 3 hours, 20 minutes, three minutes faster than Petit.

After a 30-minute layover, Moore left Tolsana for a second time, beginning his 24-mile push to the Glennallen finish line at 11:04, 11 minutes ahead of Petit.

Petit gained four minutes on the final run to cut the final margin to seven minutes.

"I thought I might have a chance, and then I never saw him (after Tolsana)," Petit told KCAM radio.

A qualifying race for the Iditarod and a favorite among mushers, this year's Copper Basin drew a full field of racers.

Copper Basin 300

Past champions

2014 Allen Moore

2013 Allen Moore

2012 Cancelled

2011 Jake Berkowitz

2010 Jeff King

2009 Lance Mackey

2008 Allen Moore

2007 Allen Moore

2006 Lance Mackey

2005 Allen Moore

2004 William Kleedehn

2003 Zack Steer

2002 Hans Gatt

2001 DeeDee Jonrowe

1999 Martin Buser

1998 Mitch Seavey

1997 Mitch Seavey

1996 Cancelled

1995 Jeff King

1994 Will Forsberg

1993 Tim Osmar

1992 Susan Butcher

1991 Susan Butcher

1990 John Schandelmeier


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