14 Feb John King Survives the Yukon Quest 300
John King from Nifty in Australia has successfully completed the ‘Yukon Quest 300’, a 300 mile dog sled race through the wilderness in Canada’s Yukon Territory. John completed the quest in a time of 3 days, 1 hour and 34 minutes (including all the rest times) which was enough to gain him a very respectable ninth position overall.
When asked how he felt about his performance, John explained:
“I am very pleased with the result and the dogs where fantastic! Eight of the team were only 2 years old and it was their first race, but they still worked really hard. The hardest thing for me was the lack of sleep. Throughout the 3 days I managed a total of just 8 hours, grabbing it when I could. I made a few mistakes on the race which cost me time and also the track condition was not the best. Soft snow, which the lead dogs were not happy with, stopped the team on more than a few occasions and trying to get them moving again added several hours to my overall time.
“The race finish was almost an anti climax. After 3 days with the dogs, I crossed the finish line, fed the dogs, loaded them in the dog truck and off they went back to Whitehorse. I then continued on to Dawson to see the Yukon 1000 runners coming in. I felt quiet lost without the team. Getting back to Whitehorse, it was great to see the dogs again and I think I was as excited as they were. It’s amazing how much you bond with the dogs. One of the most unforgettable moments for me was crossing a lake at night with the team and the Northern Lights above our heads. It was absolutely fantastic!”
John King will be going back to Canada to compete in the Percy D’Wolf 200 in March, so watch this space for further updates.
Niftylift would like to congratulate John on completing this challenging endeavour and wish him the very best of luck for the Percy 200 in March. Well done John!