Thomas Tetz leads Yukon Quest

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Canadian musher Thomas Tetz was leading the 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on day 2 of the 1,000-mile race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Tetz of Carcross, Yukon Territory, was the first musher to arrive Sunday morning at the Mile 101 checkpoint, and the first musher to pull his snow brake and head down the trail at 3:58 p.m.

Tok musher Peter Butteri left just two minutes behind and Shannon Brockman of Ontario, Canada, was in third place, leaving 15 minutes behind Butteri. The checkpoint is 144 miles from the race start.

Forty-one mushers left Saturday from the start in Fairbanks.

Rounding out the top five on Sunday were William Kleedehn of Carcross and David Dalton of Fairbanks. Hans Gatt of Atlin, British Columbia, who had been in fifth place coming into the Mile 101 checkpoint, was in sixth place, 13 minutes behind Dalton.

Musher Deborah Bicknell of Juneau scratched at Angel Creek, 75 miles from the start. Race officials did not immediately know why she scratched. From Angel Creek, mushers climb to Eagle Summit at 3,650 feet.

The top 15 finishers will share a $125,000 purse. The first-place finisher will receive $30,000.

This year's race features four past Quest winners: Frank Turner of Whitehorse, Tim Osmar of Ninilchik, David Monson of Fairbanks and Rick Mackey of Nenana. Eight of the competitors are from Canada. There are one each from Switzerland and Germany.

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