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One second separates top Rondy mushers after first day of racing

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 23
  • Published February 23
Bill Kornmuller drives his dog team down the Chester Creek Trail during the first day of the 2018 Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, AK on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Butch Hobson and Pauline Hobson watch the dog team race up the Cordova hill during the first day of the 2018 Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, AK on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Jeffrey Conn’s dog team heads up the Cordova hill during the first day of the 2018 Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, AK on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Bill Kornmuller drives his dog team down the Chester Creek Trail during the first day of the 2018 Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, AK on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Gary Markley drives his dog team down the Chester Creek Trail during the first day of the 2018 Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, AK on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Dave Turner heads into the tunnel as Seward Highway traffic passes over during the first day of the 2018 Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, AK on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Jason Dunlap leads Bill Kornmuller up the Cordova hill during the first day of the 2018 Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, AK on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Jason Dunlap drives his dog team down the Chester Creek Trail as a man takes a nap while waiting for the race to clear the trail during the first day of the 2018 Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, AK on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Eli Anderson gets stuck while playing with his brother Max Anderson on a snow pile at Cordova hill during the first day of the 2018 Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, AK on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Nicholas Cole and Deborah Baines straighten out Evan Hahn’s dog team after the balked going into the tunnel under the Seward Highway during the first day of the 2018 Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, AK on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Greg Taylor crosses 15th Street as volunteer snow shovelers stand by during the first day of the 2018 Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, AK on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Hundreds of people line 4th Ave. during the first day of the Fur Rondy sprint sled dog races, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Anne Raup / ADN)
Evan Hahn drives his dog team down 4th Ave. during the first day of the Fur Rondy sprint sled dog races, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Anne Raup / ADN)
Dennis Kananowicz drives his dog team down 4th Ave. during the first day of the Fur Rondy sprint sled dog races, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Anne Raup / ADN)
Roxy Wright settles a dog in Mark Hartum’s team during the first day of the Fur Rondy sprint sled dog races, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Anne Raup / ADN)

Chugiak musher Kourosh Partow grabbed a one-second lead over five-time champion Buddy Streeper on the first day of racing in the Fur Rendezvous Open World Championships.

Partow made the 25-mile roundtrip from downtown Anchorage to Far North Bicentennial Park in 1 hour, 24 minutes, 29 seconds.

Streeper, a musher from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, was one second back in 1:24:30. John Erhart is one minute back in third place.
Racing continues Saturday and Sunday, with teams leaving 4th Avenue and D Street beginning at noon. Mushers will start Saturday in the order they finished Friday, which will put Partow on the trail first.

Streeper is the only former champ in the field of 21. He finished second in last year's race.

A purse of $80,000 is up for grabs.

Heat one:

1) Kourosh Partow 1:24:29, 2) Buddy Streeper 1:24:30, 3) John Erhard 1:25:29, 4) Gary Markley 1:25:39, 5) Mark Hartum 1:26:24, 6) James Wheeler 1:26:31, 7) Greg Taylor 1:26:44, 8) Jason Dunlap 1:26:53, 9) Marvin Kokrine 1:27:32, 10) Michael Tetzner 1:27:41, 11) Emilie Entrikin 1:28:24, 12) Jeff Conn 1:28:55, 13) Lina Streeper 1:30:50, 14) Bill Kornmuller 1:31:47, 15) Dave Turner 1:32:31, 16) Nathan Sterling 1:32:34, 17) Don Cousins 1:34:50, 18) Danny Beck 1:36:23, 19) Evan Hahn 1:39:19, 20) Nikki Seo 1:40:41, 21) Dennis Kananowicz 1:41:40.