Right there behind the three favorites and closing a bit was Matt Hall, the 24-year-old head of Smokin’ Ace Kennels who’s one of Moore’s neighbors in Two Rivers. And a thorn in Moore’s side so far this race season.
The young musher from Eureka pulled out of Circle City first, heading towards the jumble ice of the Yukon River. Sass, Allen Moore of Two Rivers and Hugh Neff of Tok are leading the racers toward Whitehorse. Casey Grove | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
For the unusual Denali Doubles Sled Dog Race, 17 teams of two mushers and up to 20 dogs pulled up to a humble, makeshift starting line on Thursday before a tiny group of spectators in Cantwell.Tegan Hanlon
Each of the 20 teams in this unique Alaska race links two mushers, typically two sleds and 12 to 20 dogs. While dogs may be dropped outbound at either of the two checkpoints, they must rejoin the team in-bound and finish.Mike Campbell
Fairbanks start being moved to near the Morris Thompson Center, and a section in Canada near the Fortymile River is being reroute inland and up a 2,500-foot climb. Casey Grove | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner