O'Daniel reaches Dawson by canoe

Posted: Monday, June 28, 2004

Juneau resident Kathy O'Daniel crossed the finish line of the sixth annual Yukon River Quest canoe and kayak race at midday Saturday in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.

O'Daniel, 54, competing in the tandem canoe division with her brother, John, 52, of Skagway, covered the 460-mile river course in 71 hours, 50 minutes - including 10 hours of mandatory layovers.

The race started Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Yukon time in Whitehorse.

The O'Daniel siblings - Kathy is a fourth-grade teacher at Mendenhall River Community School, and John runs the hardware store in Skagway - finished 24th out of the 35 teams that finished the race. Sixteen teams scratched, including solo kayaker Dave Sevdy, the other Juneau paddler in the race.

Sevdy, 41, scratched at the Carmacks checkpoint, about 200 miles into the race and after the grueling paddle across Lake Laberge. No further details were available.

The tandem canoe team of Michigan residents Steven Landick and Bruce Barton won the race in 54 hours, 27 minutes. After subtracting the 10 hours of layovers, they narrowly missed the course record of 44 hours, 9 minutes set by Landick with another canoeing partner in 2001.

A record 51 teams competed in this year's race in solo kayak, tandem kayak, tandem canoe and voyageur canoe divisions. Besides the U.S. and Canada, there were entrants from four other nations.

For complete results, look on the Web at www.yukonriverquest.com.

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