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
Sass had to work harder hoisting his team over the top of Eagle Summit, then surviving a harrowing ride down the far side of the summit. The Eureka musher arrived at the Mile 101 checkpoint drenched in sweat and blanketed in snow.Jeff Richardson | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Brent Sass gave up a 10-hour lead Sunday on Allen Moore’s dog team, setting up the likelihood of a tight finish on the Chena River. The top two Yukon Quest mushers will layover for a mandatory eight hours after they arrive in Two Rivers, the last checkpoint on the trail.Emily Schwing
SpotTracker devices on the mushers’ sleds showed Moore of Two River only a dozen miles behind race leader Brent Sass about 25 miles outside Central on Birch Creek Sunday morning. Less than 24 hours earlier, Moore lagged some seven hours behind.Jeff Richardson | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner