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BIG LAKE--Charlie Boulding and a team of 12 dogs crossed the finish
line Monday to win the Klondike 300 Sled Dog Race.
For his first-place finish, Boulding got $4,480 -- 40 percent of the
$11,200 purse -- and a meal of steak, eggs, hash browns, two slices
of orange, and coffee at the Klondike Inn.
''I reckon I had good fast dogs,'' said the musher from Manley Hot
Springs. ''It was a real good run, and I'm happy sitting here eating
my winner's steak.''
Boulding, 58, crossed the finish line at 1:41 p.m. and recorded an
elapsed time of 50 hours, 41 minutes and 16 seconds. Aaron Burmeister
of Nenana placed second after arriving at 7:12 p.m. and Russell Lane
of Point Hope was in third with an 8:42 p.m. arrival in the qualifier
for the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race race in early March.
Boulding said he dropped a dog early in the Klondike race because
it wasn't keeping up but he was pleased with the performance of lead
dogs Saver and Mo.
Boulding said he entered the race as a tuneup for the Iditarod. He
is using two teams to train this year and likes what he's seeing.
''It is looking pretty good for us,'' he said.
Boulding has entered the Iditarod six times. His best finish was in
1998, when he came in third.
Twenty-five mushers, including three-time Iditarod winner Martin Buser,
entered the race. Buser was running in 10th place early Monday evening.
As of 9:45 p.m. Monday
Into finish at Klondike Inn -- 1) Charlie Boulding, 50 hours, 41 minutes
and 16 seconds elapsed time; 2) Aaron Burmeister, 7:12 p.m. arrival;
3) Russell Lane, 8:42 p.m.. Out of Yentna -- 4) John Dixon, 2:58 p.m.;
5) Dieter Dolif, 4:05 p.m.; 6) Blake Freking, 4:18 p.m.; 7) Wayne
Curtis, 4:57 p.m. Into Yentna -- 8) David Harris, noon. Out of Forks
Roadhouse -- 9) Aaron Peck, 6:36 a.m.; 10) Martin Buser, 6:40 a.m.;
11) Tom Shepski, 9:50 a.m.; 12) Dan Govoni, 12:34 p.m.; 13) Lynda
Plettner, 12:35 p.m.; 14) Vickie Talbot, 3:50 p.m. Into Forks Roadhouse
-- 15) Trish Kolegar, 8:30 a.m.; 16) Karen Ramstead, 8:50 a.m.; 17)
Tim Olson, 8:55 a.m.; 19) Fedor Konukhov, 9 a.m.; 20) Ellen Halveson,
10:34 a.m.; 21) Paul McLarnon, 10:48 a.m. Out of Skwentna -- 22) tie,
Nelson Shughart, and Neen Brown, 1 a.m. Scratches -- Michael Nosko;
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