The top three mushers in the 37th Yukon Quest 1,000-mile sled dog race have completed the journey and reached Whitehorse from Fairbanks.
Brent Sass won, arriving in the Yukon’s capital at 2:51 p.m. Tuesday.
Local musher Michelle Phillips arrived four hours later and today, Cody Strathe’s team looked strong as they pulled into the finish around seven in the morning.
This left eight mushers still making their way toward Whitehorse as of mid-morning today.
Three-time champion Allen Moore was fewer than 20 miles away, as per the Yukon Quest tracker.
Swedish veteran Torsten Kohnert departed Braeburn, the final checkpoint before the end, at 1:41 a.m. and was 49 miles away from Whitehorse. He was about halfway between the checkpoints, Braeburn is 94.2 away.
Kohnert told the Star before the start of the race he has never had a top-five finish in the Quest, and that was his goal for this year.
That goal is within his grasp. Sixth-place musher Ryne Olson departed Braeburn at 8 a.m., with 86 miles ahead of her.
Swedish rookie Nora Själin was 35 miles from the Braeburn. She is first amongst rookies and led Richie Beattie by about 10 miles.
Reaching Braeburn, Själin will have an eight-hour layover before she can make the final journey.
Rob Cooke and his team of Siberian huskies are resting in Carmacks alongside Canadian rookie Pat Noddin.
Rookie Oliva Shank-Neff, still holding Red Lantern status, was resting in Pelly Crossing.