Bicknell finishes 21st in Copper Basin 300

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Juneau musher Deborah Bicknell finished the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race in 21st place on Tuesday morning, crossing the Glennallen finish line of the 300-mile race at 9:15 a.m. with eight dogs in harness.

Bicknell, a 58-year-old grandmother with two artificial knees, was using the race as a training event for the upcoming 1,000-mile-plus Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. The Yukon Quest starts Feb. 9 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and finishes about 10 days later in Fairbanks.

As of Tuesday night, the most recent update on the Copper Basin 300's Web site, 28 mushers had completed the course. Five mushers were still on the trail and 11 mushers had scratched - including 2002 Copper Basin 300 and Yukon Quest champion Hans Gatt of Atlin, British Columbia, and former Yukon Quest champion Vern Halter of Trapper Creek.

Zach Steer of Palmer won the Copper Basin on Monday afternoon when he beat Lance Mackey of Kasilof by 11 minutes across the finish line. Steer won $6,500 and Mackey, who was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, won $5,000. William Kleedehn of Carcross, Yukon Territory, took third place even though he only has one leg and runs with a prosthesis.

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