Gatt holds lead as Yukon Quest leaves Dawson

Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2004

DAWSON CITY, Yukon Territory - Hans Gatt continued to lead the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race as of Saturday night.

Gatt, the 2003 champion out of Atlin, British Columbia, left Dawson at 2:52 a.m. Yukon Time Saturday morning after a mandatory 36-hour layover. He reached the community with 11 dogs and left with that many. He had previously dropped three.

Dawson is the halfway point in the 1,000-mile race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Next out of Dawson was Zack Steer of Sheep Mountain, Alaska, at 3:31 a.m. Saturday. Steer has dropped four dogs and is running with 10 in harness.

As of 10 p.m. Alaska time, the other mushers out of Dawson, in order, were Dave Dalton of Healy (4:04 p.m.), Dan Kaduce of Chatanika (5:50 p.m.), Sebastien Schnuelle of Whitehorse (7:05 p.m.), Frank Turner of Whitehorse (7:20 p.m.), John Schandelmeier of Paxson (8:14 p.m.) and Peter Ledwidge of Dawson City (8:31 p.m.)

Thomas Tetz of Tagish, Yukon Territory, was running in ninth place and was scheduled to leave Dawson City at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Tetz is driving a team of dogs owned by Juneau's Deborah Bicknell.

Thirteen other mushers had arrived in Dawson by Saturday night.

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