Race Clock Details
In response to a question that was asked regarding
how is time figured for each musher...
The clock starts in Willow and doesn't stop until
the nose of the lead dog crosses under the burled arch in Nome. ALL
40 hours of mandatory rest are counted in the total running time.
The start differential is made up during the 24 hour layover. The
only musher that has a 24 hour layover is the one with the highest
bib number, this year its Ed Stielstra Bib #88. For Vern Halters
(Bib #2), his 24 hour layover will be 26 hours 56 minutes. Karen's
was exactly 25 hours.
All this is done so that the first musher to cross
the finish line is the winner. I think that this puts the roll over
time for each new day at 1:00 in the afternoon Alaska time, but
something about that doesn't seem right. For some reason I thought
that it was always done at noon.
Karen and Hans Gatt at
the restart in Willow.
Hans is the winner of the last three Yukon Quests
and the designer of Karen's sled chit chat.