Yukon Quest race under way + an Iditarod preview

Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Featured, Iditarod | Comments Off




The Junior Dispatch is once again planning to offer complete coverage of the Iditarod dog sled race, of which the Yukon Quest is considered a “warm-up.”

Our Iditarod coverage will officially start on Friday, March 1, but be sure to catch some early coverage all through out February.

Junior Dispatch invites you to participate by commenting or e-mailing juniordispatch@yorkdispatch.com with your thoughts on the race or by submitting artwork you’ve created.

Along with the Iditarod coverage, we will also be presenting a serialized novel, as we do every year during the Iditarod. This year, we will present “Rescue Dog of the High Pass” by Jim Kjelgaard a story about a young man and his dog working in the famed St. Bernard Pass in Europe.

The reading project will include videos, vocabulary words, coloring pages and other things for kids to do.

Get the FREE Gutenberg.org version of “Rescue Dog of the High Pass” here.

The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race began Saturday morning with 26 mushers starting the race under sunny skies.

Temperatures in the 20s had mushers predicting a slow-moving race until it cools down, with more rest stops and water breaks needed for the dogs.

The weather helped the 30th running of the 1,000-mile Whitehorse-to-Fairbanks race attract hundreds of fans at the starting gate and down the road at the Takhini River Bridge.

They watched musher Brian Wilmshurst start the race after drawing the No. 1 bib.

Defending champion Hugh Neff of Tok and four-time winner Lance Mackey of Fairbanks are also in the field.

Mackey told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/a61F5L ) the weather was “extremely warm” — great for him, but not so good for his dogs.


Reported by the Associated Press from ANCHORAGE, Alaska. Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com