Most Yukon Quest mushers cross Whitehorse finish line

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2002

WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- More than half the mushers competing in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race had made their way to Whitehorse Friday morning.

As of 9:42 a.m., 15 teams had finished the race, leaving 11 teams still out on the trail.

Canadian musher Hans Gatt won the 1,000-mile race from Fairbanks, pulling into Whitehorse Wednesday afternoon. Gatt, who lives in Atlin, British Columbia, receives $30,000 for coming in first.

Peter Butteri of Tok, who had led the race since leaving Dawson City last Saturday, was second. Thomas Tetz of Carcross came in third.

The first musher to arrive in Whitehorse Thursday for fourth place was 1988 Quest champion David Monson of Fairbanks. Next was William Kleedehn of Carcross.

Fifteen teams scratched, including 1995 champion Frank Turner who withdrew in Central, citing a young team. Joran Freeman of Two Rivers, who had been in third place, scratched after his dogs tired just outside of Braeburn on the way to Whitehorse.

Two dogs died during the race.

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