Alaska musher Allen Moore wins 2014 Yukon Quest
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Alaska musher Allen Moore won his second consecutive Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on Monday, hours after seeing an injured competitor off to the hospital.
The 56-year-old from Two Rivers crossed the finish line at Takhini Hot Springs near Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, at 2:12 a.m. Alaska time, according to the race’s website.
Hugh Neff finished second, crossing the finish line late Monday morning.
Moore was running a close race with Eureka musher Brent Sass until Sunday, when Sass fell while traveling toward the Braeburn checkpoint and suffered a head injury.
Neff told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that he came across Canadian Rangers, who were waiting Sunday with Sass’ dog team for race marshal Scott Smith to arrive. Neff fed and watered Sass’ team.
After Smith arrived, Neff helped drive the team into Braeburn.
Moore was ahead of Sass when the accident occurred, and waited an hour beyond his appointed leave time to see Sass off to the hospital. Sass was treated and released.
The two had been running neck-and-neck until Sass’ accident. Sass with officially listed as being withdrawn from the race.
”It feels weird not to race out of here,” Moore told the website when leaving Braeburn with a comfortable lead in the race.
The 1,000-mile Yukon Quest started Feb. 1 in Fairbanks.