Yukon Quest mushers arriving in Whitehorse

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2002

WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- Nearly half the mushers competing in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race had made their way to Whitehorse by Thursday.

As of 8 p.m., 12 teams had finished the race, leaving 14 teams still out on the trail.

Canadian musher Hans Gatt won the 1,000-mile race from Fairbanks, pulling into Whitehorse at 4:44 p.m. Wednesday. Gatt, who lives in Atlin, British Columbia, received $30,000 dollars for coming in first.

Peter Butteri of Tok -- who had led the race since leaving Dawson City last Saturday - was second, arriving at 6:07 p.m.. Thomas Tetz of Carcross finished in third place at 10:45 p.m.

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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