Steer maintains Yukon Quest lead

Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2004

EAGLE (AP) Zack Steer of Sheep Mountain kept a narrowing lead Wednesday in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race as racers headed toward the Canadian border and the next checkpoint at Dawson City.

Steer left the Eagle checkpoint at 5 a.m. and Hans Gatt of Atlin, British, Columbia, left at 6:31 a.m., to cut Steer's lead by more than half. Gatt won the Quest in 2003.

David Dalton of Healy was in third. He left the Eagle checkpoint at 2:35 p.m. Dan Kaduce, who had been in third place, fell to fourth. He was an hour and a quarter behind Dalton.

Mushers travel 150 miles along the trail from Eagle to Dawson. It is about 18 miles to the top of American Summit, where teams have been known to get lost in whiteouts. Teams then travel off the Taylor Highway and into the Fortymile River valley, and through the ghost town of Forty-Mile village. Teams can rest at a cabin at the confluence of the Fortymile and Yukon rivers. Then it is 50 miles to Dawson City, where teams are required to take a 36-hour rest.

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