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Zack Steer, Owner of Sheep Mtn Lodge, in the lead on the Yukon Quest

Zack was first into the Central checkpoint today. This 1,000 milesled dog race has just begun.

From the Fairbank's newspaper account of the start:

"Three minutes later, Zack Steer was the antithesis of West — the picture of calm as he waited to pose for a photo with his lead dogs, walked to his sled after he was cleared to leave, kissed his wife goodbye and mushed off with a thumbs-up for the crowd and no hat on his head.

Steer was already feeling some positive vibes before he arrived downtown. On the way from Goldstream Valley that morning, he towed a stranded car out of a ditch near Ballaine Road."

Follow the race at Colette and I worked on the Yukon River in 1982 and 1983 and returned to volunteer for the Quest two years ago.

A video we shot of the 2008 start:

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Some photos from 2008:

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Go Zack!

And you could work with Zack and Anjanette at Sheep Mountain Lodge this summer. Check it out here.

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Comment by CoolWorks® on February 16, 2010 at 10:10am
A great race. Anjanette sent out a write-up this morning. I love the Quest.... Our friend Jenn is still out there with a couple hundred miles to go. And Zack has the Iditarod coming up soon.

Comment by Keith Larson on February 16, 2010 at 9:51am
From the Yukon Quest website early this morning:

It was an exciting morning at the Whitehorse finish line, as Zack Steer and Ken Anderson battled it out for fourth place in the 2010 Yukon Quest. Steer edged Anderson out by meer minutes, reaching the finish at 3:58 a.m., while Anderson clocked in at 4:01 a.m.

Their total run times smashed the previous record set by Sebastian Schnuelle by about 8 hours. Steer's total time is 9 days 15 hours 58 minutes. Anderson's total run time is 9 days 16 hours 1 minute. Steer pulled up to the finish with nine dogs, while Anderson came in with 10 dogs on the line.

The two teams were neck and neck throughout the last few checkpoints in the race. There were rumours of a "gentlemen's bet" made at the Braeburn checkpoint -- the two agreeing to not battle it out until the final few miles of the race. Both left the checkpoint after their mandatory 8-hour layovers within a minute of one another with Anderson first at 3:34 p.m. and Steer at 3:35 p.m.

By the time they'd reached the Takhini River Bridge, the race was definitely on. Steer took a slight lead at that point in the race and hung on to it until the finish.
Comment by Keith Larson on February 12, 2010 at 9:22pm
Just found this one:

Comment by Bill Berg on February 8, 2010 at 4:51pm
The first mushers are back to our home from the summers of 1982 and 1983. Here's a video we shot of Alan, a Yukon Quest veterinarian, in 2008. We hear he's back at the roadhouse right now.

Comment by Bill Berg on February 8, 2010 at 6:13am
Just got word from a friend who is volunteering for the Quest in Circle that Zack is about the leave Circle. He came into Circle in 2nd place, just 5 minutes behind Lance Mackey.
Comment by Keith Larson on February 7, 2010 at 2:00pm
I've been watching closely. Sheep Mountain was a great place to work last summer.

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