Matt Hall Wins 2017 Yukon Quest
10 Days after the Yukon Quest began in Whitehorse, Canada, we crowned our 2017 champion today in downtown Fairbanks.
Matt Hall was the first of the 15 mushers still in the race to cross that finish line.
After scratching from the race two years ago and coming in at fourth place last year, the former Rookie of the Year has won the Yukon Quest for the first time ever.
The 25-year-old racer, who has been running dogs since he was five years old, had to race against, and would eventually unseat, the defending Quest champion Hugh Neff, the 2015 Champion Brent Sass, as well as 2014 and 2013 winner Allen Moore.
Matt Hall's parents, who run the Eagle Checkpoint also ran dogs. Matt Hall currently resides in Two Rivers, Alaska and runs the Smokin' Aces kennel.
Now he gets to add Yukon Quest Champion to his resume.
Matt Hall may be finished but we still have 14 racers out in the Yukon Quest. Here are your top Mushers still out there:
Hugh Neff is holding down the lead and should be finishing sometime tonight.
Allen Moore should also finish late tonight or early in the morning.
Paige Drobny and Ed Hopkins are both getting through their mandatory layover in Two Rivers.
And Torsten Kohnert is on his way to Two Rivers to round out our top five still out on the trail.