Mushing has been a surprising venture for Eureka musher Brent Sass, who has wholeheartedly accepted the wilderness lifestyle many mushers have rejected in recent years. Sass claimed his first Yukon Quest championship in February.
The Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship sled dog sprint races are the latest victim of warm weather that has obliterated trail conditions around Southcentral Alaska and in Anchorage.Michelle Theriault Boots
Mackey’s previous Quest ended with an embarrassing scratch in Dawson City. The cancer survivor sat out last year’s race while dealing with lingering health problems, some of which have left him vulnerable to cold in his hands and feet. Jeff Richardson | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Sass earned the victory with a burst in the final leg to outrun two-time defending champion Allen Moore. After dominating the race for more than 900 miles with endurance and power, Sass finished it off with a 73-mile run, crossing the Fairbanks finish line at 10:52 p.m. to cheers of “wild and free,” the name of his kennel.Jeff Richardson | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Iditarod leaders were spread out along the trail Thursday as they settled into a variety of checkpoints to take the one mandatory 24-hour rest required along the trail. Who was really in the lead appeared unclear.Suzanna Caldwell and Craig Medred