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.

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Riding with a sled dog team during the traditional season of mushing is an opportunity for a slice of Alaska life unmatched during the shorter and snowless summer. Erin Kirkland
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

Mushers topped Eagle Summit in the second day of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1,000-mile race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon, on a trail that retraces historic mail and supply routes along the Yukon River.

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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
Among the field of mushers are three past champions — Brent Sass, Allen Moore and Hugh Neff.Casey Grove | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
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
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
The equivalent of 3 inches of water — including an estimated 2 to 4 feet of snow up high at colder temperatures — has fallen in less than three days on what avalanche experts consider weak snow sitting atop crust.         Mike Campbell
The winning team will pocket $5,000, with $2,000 going to the runner-up and $1,000 to third place.Alaska Dispatch News