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Reynolds cinches his first Rondy win

Mike Dunham
John Erhart drives his team down Fourth Avenue on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Egil Ellis drives his dogs. Musher passed through the wooded trails near Campbell Airstrip Road on the final day of the Fur Rondezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Marc Lester
Brent Beck drives his team down Fourth Avenue on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Nathan Sterling crosses Northern Lights Boulevard at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Musher passed through the wooded trails near Campbell Airstrip Road on the final day of the Fur Rondezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Marc Lester
Fans cheer on the dog teams as they near the finish on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha gives praise to his leaders Stock, left, and Guts, right, after crossing the finish to win his first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013. Reynolds said, "Guts is the best leader I've ever had. Stock is equally as good."
Bill Roth
Fans cheer on the dog teams as they near the finish on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha gives praise to his leaders Stock, left, and Guts, right, after crossing the finish to win his first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013. Reynolds said, "Guts is the best leader I've ever had. Stock is equally as good."
Bill Roth
John Erhart drives his team down Fourth Avenue on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
John Erhart rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Egil Ellis drives his dogs. Musher passed through the wooded trails near Campbell Airstrip Road on the final day of the Fur Rondezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Marc Lester
Five mushers led by Greg Taylor sprint down Fourth Avenue on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Nathan Sterling crosses Northern Lights Boulevard at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Five mushers led by Greg Taylor sprint down Fourth Avenue on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Nathan Sterling crosses Northern Lights Boulevard at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Fans cheer on the dog teams as they near the finish on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha gives praise to his leaders Stock, left, and Guts, right, after crossing the finish to win his first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013. Reynolds said, "Guts is the best leader I've ever had. Stock is equally as good."
Bill Roth
Kevin Cook crosses the finish on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
John Erhart rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Kevin Cook crosses the finish on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
John Erhart rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Five mushers led by Greg Taylor sprint down Fourth Avenue on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Egil Ellis of Willow finished in second place during the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Egil Ellis of Willow finished in second place during the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Kevin Cook crosses the finish on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marie-Anick Elie rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Egil Ellis of Willow finished in second place during the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Egil Ellis of Willow finished in second place during the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Egil Ellis of Willow finished in second place during the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marvin Kokrine rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Ken Chezik Fife Lake, Michigan, placed third during the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marie-Anick Elie rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Ken Chezik Fife Lake, Michigan, placed third during the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marie-Anick Elie rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Egil Ellis of Willow finished in second place during the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Greg Sellentin rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha reacts to winning his first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marvin Kokrine rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha reacts to winning his first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marvin Kokrine rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Ken Chezik Fife Lake, Michigan, placed third during the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Winner Arleigh Reynolds and runner-up Egil Ellis celebrate after the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Greg Sellentin rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Winner Arleigh Reynolds and runner-up Egil Ellis celebrate after the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Greg Sellentin rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha reacts to winning his first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Kevin Cook rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Kevin Cook rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Winner Arleigh Reynolds and runner-up Egil Ellis celebrate after the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Ken Chezik rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha holds up his leader Guts after winning his first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Ken Chezik rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha holds up his leader Guts after winning his first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Kevin Cook rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Egli Ellis rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha carries his leader Guts to the awards ceremony after winning his first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Egli Ellis rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha carries his leader Guts to the awards ceremony after winning his first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Ken Chezik rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha holds up his leader Guts after winning his first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Iditarod champion Libby Riddles takes in the action on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Iditarod champion Libby Riddles takes in the action on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Egli Ellis rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha carries his leader Guts to the awards ceremony after winning his first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Brent Beck drives his team down Fourth Avenue on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Arleigh Reynolds tries to hold on to his first place standing on the last day of racing. Musher passed through the wooded trails near Campbell Airstrip Road on the final day of the Fur Rondezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Marc Lester
Brent Beck drives his team down Fourth Avenue on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Arleigh Reynolds tries to hold on to his first place standing on the last day of racing. Musher passed through the wooded trails near Campbell Airstrip Road on the final day of the Fur Rondezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Marc Lester
Arleigh Reynolds rounds the corner at Goose Lake on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Iditarod champion Libby Riddles takes in the action on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Marvin Kokrine pedals down a wooded trail. Musher passed through the wooded trails near Campbell Airstrip Road on the final day of the Fur Rondezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Marc Lester
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Marvin Kokrine pedals down a wooded trail. Musher passed through the wooded trails near Campbell Airstrip Road on the final day of the Fur Rondezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Marc Lester
Brent Beck drives his team down Fourth Avenue on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Arleigh Reynolds tries to hold on to his first place standing on the last day of racing. Musher passed through the wooded trails near Campbell Airstrip Road on the final day of the Fur Rondezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Marc Lester
Brent Beck drives his team down Fourth Avenue on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Musher passed through the wooded trails near Campbell Airstrip Road on the final day of the Fur Rondezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Marc Lester
Brent Beck drives his team down Fourth Avenue on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Musher passed through the wooded trails near Campbell Airstrip Road on the final day of the Fur Rondezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Marc Lester
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha gives praise to his leaders Stock, left, and Guts, right, after crossing the finish to win his first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013. Reynolds said, "Guts is the best leader I've ever had. Stock is equally as good."
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Marvin Kokrine pedals down a wooded trail. Musher passed through the wooded trails near Campbell Airstrip Road on the final day of the Fur Rondezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Marc Lester
John Erhart drives his team down Fourth Avenue on the final day of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Feb., 24, 2013.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Egil Ellis drives his dogs. Musher passed through the wooded trails near Campbell Airstrip Road on the final day of the Fur Rondezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Marc Lester

Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha is the winner of the 2013 Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race.

It was Reynolds' 12th Rondy race and his first top finish. His best previous finish was second place. "This is something we've worked our whole life for," he said as he picked up his trophy.

With two splendid lead dogs, Guts and Stock, at the head of his team, Reynolds chalked up the best time in each of the first two days of the three day race. He came into the final 25-mile heat with a four minute lead over five time champion Egil Ellis of Willow. Despite setting the best day time on Sunday, Ellis was unable to make up the gap and did not advance beyond second place in combined times.

Last year's winner, Ken Chezik of Fife Lake, Mich., came in third.

Reynolds picked up a cash prize of at least $8,575. The announced minimum purse of $70,000 was proportioned over 20 places, but only 14 mushers started the race. One, John Norris, scratched before heading out on the third day. There was no day money awarded this year.

The small field of competitors consisted entirely of Rondy race veterans. The closest thing to a rookie was Robert Worden of Mexico, N.Y., who scratched in his first Rondy last year. Before this year's race, he said his goal was "to finish it." Despite a tangle outbound at 4th Ave. and A St., he managed to do that. Straightening them out held him up so long that the musher following him out of the chute, Jack Berry of Homer, threatened to overtake him before he made the corner onto Cordova St. The incident probably contributed to Tanana musher John Erhart pushing past Worden to take 10th place.

A recent change in procedure sends teams out in the reverse order of their first and second day times, slowest teams going out first. This has compressed the time it takes for all teams to cross the finish line and the crowd on 4th Ave. cheered at several tight sprints in which two or more teams returned to downtown at once.

 

Reach Mike Dunham at mdunham@adn.com or 257-4332

Fur Rendezvous Open World Championships, Day 2

Musher Day 1 time Day 2 time Day 3 time Total time

Fur Rendezvous Open World Championships, Day 2

Musher Day 1 time Day 2 time Total time

1. Arleigh Reynolds, Salcha 1:17:47 1:17:46 1:19:30 3:55:33

2. Egil Ellis, Willow 1:19:09 1:20:05 1:18:36 3:57:14

3. Ken Chezik, Fife Lake, Mich. 1:20:09 1:20:28 1:20:56 4:01:33

4. Kevin Raymond Cook, Preeceville, Sask. 1:22:49 1:18:24 1:21:14 4:02:27

5. Greg Sellentin, Willow 1:22:39 1:21:46 1:22:44 4:07:09

6. Marvin Kokrine, North Pole 1:24:41 1:23:41 1:23:24 4:11:46

7. Marie-Anick Elie, Inuvik, NW Territories 1:26:25 1:24:42 1:27:18 4:18:25

8. Greg Taylor, Fairbanks 1:25:03 1:27:27 1:28:42 4:21:12

9. Jack Berry, Homer 1:24:23 1:28:50 1:30:00 4:23:13

10. John Erhart, Tanana 1:29:43 1:26:29 1:28:12 4:24:24

11. Robert Worden, Mexico, N.Y. 1:25:51 1:30:18 1:34:12 4:30:21

12. Brent Beck, Yellowknife, NW Territories 1:35:46 1:28:37 1:29:13 4:33:36

13. Nathan Sterling, Willow 1:28:06 1:34:22 1:33:45 4:36:13

(scratched) John Norris, Willow 1:39:39 1:51:55 n/a n/a

 


By MIKE DUNHAM
mdunham@adn.com