Mushing Rookies Entering New Territory In Yukon Quest

With most teams departing the Pelly Crossing checkpoint on Monday, the Yukon Quest is starting to enter unknown territory for most rookie mushers.Rookies qualify for the 1,000-mile race by completing mid-distance events that are usually 200 or 300 miles long. They’ll exceed those limits in the stretch between Pelly and Dawson City.Fairbanks musher Cody Strathe, who entered Pelly in a solid ninth place, is pondering how to manage a few injuries through the end of the race. That includes his own — he limped around the checkpoint Monday, still trying to shake off the effects of a training run wipeout in Whitehorse.Read more here:


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