Hugh Neff of Tok was the first to leave the Pelly Crossing checkpoint about 750 miles into the race, even though Two Rivers musher Allen Moore arrived first. Neff pulled out at 3:42 p.m., followed by defending champion Brent Sass at 4:06 p.m. Moore continued to rest in the heat of the day. 

Casey Grove | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Eureka race leader Brent Sass and his team had 36 hours to eat and catch up on sleep at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike rivers, where teams set up at a quiet campground about a half-mile from Dawson’s much busier riverfront.Casey Grove | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Iditarod Chief Executive Stan Hooley talks about the ceremonial start of the 2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as well as the restart on Friday.

 

 

 

 

Tegan Hanlon

The Yukon Quest is a 1,000-mile sled dog race starting this year in Fairbanks, Alaska and finishing in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. 

Alaska Dispatch News
Impassable ice jams between the mouth of the Fortymile River and Dawson City necessitated a re-route to the Top of the World Highway for Yukon Quest mushers, resulting in an additional 2,500-foot climb.Marcel Vander Wier | Whitehorse Star
The defending champion left the Eagle checkpoint near dawn Tuesday, with the three closest chasers returning to the trail three to four hours later as the racers began a long stretch to Dawson in the Yukon Territory. Mike Campbell
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
Hugh Neff of Tok grabbed the early lead, with defending champion Brent Sass right behind him. Allen Moore of Two Rivers, the winner in 2013 and 2014, was running third. Alaska Dispatch News
The tandem of Kuskokwim 300 champion Pete Kaiser and Lucas Salzburn had just enough speed to hold off Iditarod veteran Nicholas Petit, who teamed with girlfriend Emily Maxwell.  Alaska Dispatch News
As the race heats up, so does the weather as mushers hit the final quarter of the 1,000-mile race.Casey Grove | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner