Friday, February 8th, 2013
Tough Moments Along The Yukon Quest Trail

Yesterday was full of emotions along the Quest Trail:  First, four-time Yukon Quest and Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey, who arrived at the halfway checkpoint of Dawson City with only seven dogs, scratched from the race. A difficult decision that he had to make that left him as he said embarrassed and wondering what to do next – regroup and focus on the Iditarod or focus on rebuilding a team for 2014. Then Race Marshall Doug Grillot broke the news that a dog in Jake Berkowitz’s team had died. Then there has been a fair amount of concern for musher Misha Pedersen, pictured above, who was in second last place and whose team has been moving so slowly that some have worried about the state of her team and if she would be able to make it to Dawson without any outside assistance. And finally, the last musher on the trail, Christina Traverse of Fort McMurray, had to be withdrawn from the race, as she got ill and had to be medevaced to Whitehorse.

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