Yukon Quest to spread out rest periods

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is spreading out rest periods during the race, a move officials say will ensure better rested dog teams.

Reports say the biggest change is reducing the 36-hour layover in Dawson City to 24 hours.

Mushers will now have six-hour layovers in either Braeburn or Carmacks. That used to be a four-hour layover.

A six-hour stop is now required in Eagle, an increase of two hours. A new six-hour mandatory stop has been added on the Alaska side, in either Circle, Central or at Mile 101.

All mushers must take a mandatory eight-hour rest at the last checkpoint in Two Rivers.

The 1,000-mile race alternates starts yearly between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon. Next year's race starts Feb. 7 in Whitehorse.