DAWSON CITY, Yukon – Brent Sass was the first Yukon Quest musher to arrive in Dawson City, the fourth and final checkpoint on the Canada side of the 1,000-mile trail.
“I feel great,” said Sass, who fed his dogs a meat snack after they crossed into the checkpoint. “I had a plan before the race, and I had no intention of being in here first. But here we are.”
Sass, a Eureka resident who won the 1,000-mile race in 2015, arrived in Dawson at about 10:30 a.m. Alaska time Tuesday. Because he was the first one to reach the checkpoint, which is about 400 miles from the start line in Whitehorse, Sass will receive a “poke of gold.”
The poke includes 2 ounces of gold, worth about $2,631 today. If Sass finishes the race — regardless of what place he finishes — he will get to keep the poke. Should Sass scratch before reaching Fairbanks, the poke will go to the next musher who arrived in Dawson and then reached the finish line.
This story will be updated.
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