Twenty mushers complete Denali 300 race

Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Twenty mushers completed the inaugural running of the Denali 300 sled dog race, with the last place finisher crossing the Cantwell finish line Friday evening.

G.B. Jones brought home the red lantern. The Wasilla musher arrived in Cantwell in time to make the race banquet at the Lazy J Cabins.

Lisa Fredric of Denali Park won Thursday night. Shannon Brockman of Nenana took second place in the 300-mile race, which followed the Denali Highway from Cantwell to Paxson Lake and back.

Ten mushers scratched in the field made up of mostly novice racers, including one who had to be airlifted off the trail yesterday.

Eric Butcher of Fairbanks was airlifted from a spot near Susitna Lodge. Butcher injured his back in a wreck on glare ice while training in the White Mountains several weeks ago. His back was hurting him enough that he was unable to continue Friday.

The idea for the Denali 300 was cooked up by Seward resident Mark Lindstrom. It was intended for recreational mushers or those new to racing. For this reason, there was no cash purse for the winners, though some prizes were donated by local businesses.

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