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Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Mackey falls into second in Yukon Quest

British Columbia musher Hans Gatt took the lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on Monday.

Gatt, a three-time Quest champion, arrived first at the Stewart River checkpoint at 6:01 p.m. on Monday. Kasilof’s Lance Mackey, the defending champion, arrived 44 minutes later, while William Kleedehn arrived 25 minutes after Mackey.

Mushers now take a mandatory eight-hour layover before traveling the last 100 miles of the race to Dawson City. The trip to Dawson City includes King Soloman’s Dome, the highest point on the Quest trail, so all the climbing means that it is still anyone’s race.



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