Kleedehn arrives first in Dawson City

Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Musher William Kleedehn was first to arrive in Dawson City in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, but Jon Little was only two minutes behind.

Kleedehn arrived at the Dawson City checkpoint late Tuesday with Little, who had been leading the 1,000-mile race, not far behind.

Hugh Neff was third to arrive, followed by Hans Gatt, Sebastian Schnuelle and Brent Sass.

Nearly a dozen mushers were resting their dogs at the checkpoint on Wednesday, where teams take a 36-hour layover.

Twenty-seven teams remain in the race. Jerry Johnson and Becca Moore have scratched.

Kleedehn caught up with Little at Indian River before the dog teams started climbing King Solomon's Dome. Kleedehn, however, waved Little ahead. That was the last time Little saw Kleedehn before he was passed on the Klondike River.

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