Quest racer plans extended trip to Nome

Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2001

FAIRBANKS -- A rookie Yukon Quest musher plans a pit stop at Fairbanks before continuing on all the way to Nome to raise money for a man disabled in a car accident.

Dario Daniels, 36, of Homer, is accepting per-mile donations to raise money for Craig Harmon, 43, who was paralyzed in a California car wreck in October.

The Yukon Quest, a 1,000 mile race from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, to Fairbanks, begins Sunday. Continuing on to Nome will add about 830 miles to Daniels' Quest mileage.

Daniels last summer worked as camp manager for Godwin Glacier Dogsled Tours out of Seward, which takes visitors on guided dogsled tours of the glacier.

Harmon's partner, Lucy Wyman, worked as camp cook for more than a month. For nine days just before the couple's scheduled departure from Alaska, Harmon worked as a dog handler for Daniels at the glacier camp.

Wyman and Harmon left Alaska and had just finished a 1,000-mile bicycle tour when they crashed their car near Bakersfield, Calif.

Wyman was not seriously injured, but Harmon broke his neck and severed part of his spinal cord.

Daniels made the decision to race for Harmon about three weeks ago, and has been consumed with the logistics ever since.

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