Butteri continues to lead Yukon Quest pack

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2002

PELLY CROSSING, Yukon (AP) -- Peter Butteri of Tok remained on top of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race late Monday morning, when he was the first to arrive at Pelly Crossing.

Butteri pulled into the checkpoint at 8:40 a.m., followed by Joran Freeman of Two Rivers, who arrived at 9:30 a.m. Pelly Crossing is 260 miles from the finish line in Whitehorse.

Butteri left Stewart River -- 99 miles past the halfway point at Dawson -- at 1 p.m. Sunday after a six-hour rest. Not far behind was Freeman, who took a shorter rest to hit the trail a half-hour behind Butteri.

Freeman spent just under three hours at Stewart River.

The two frontrunners were among 14 mushers who had left Stewart River by late Monday morning.

Canadian musher Hans Gatt was the only other racer to reach Pelly Crossing, arriving at 11 a.m. Monday. Gatt left Stewart River at 3:40 p.m. Sunday, putting him two hours and 40 minutes out of the lead.

Butteri had a two-hour cushion leaving Dawson City.

Also heading for Pelly Cross was veteran Alaska musher Dave Monson, who left Stewart River at 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

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