Today Daniel Benhammou (at 19:42), Jan Francke (at 20:19) and Julian Hall (at 21:34) reached our 430 mile finish line in Dawson City. Daniel (USA) who already is a 300 mile finisher took 3rd place. He said he kind of had forgotten just how long these days out there are. Jan Francke (Czech Republic) had already tried the 430 miles in 2015 and had to scratch at the time. Back then he started out too fast and got problems with his achilles. This year he took it a bit easier and it worked out great for him. He is still in really good shape. No major pains. Jan takes rank 4. Julian Hall (UK) has had problems with his achilles over the last couple of days but decided definitely not to stop this close to the finish line. So, he is suffering but with a period of rest he will recover and I am sure soon start planning his next adventure. Julian places 4th.
Now we are waiting for Boris Tramm from Germany who should be here in the early morning hours.
Enrico Ghidoni from Italy arrived at the Dawson City 430 mile finish line today at 08:40. Simon Reed from England arrived 11:40. Enrico had received a time penalty of 12 hours for forgetting his mandatory down jacket at Carmacks CP. As this would have meant a change in results, Simon Reed's insulation jacket was checked upon his arrival in the city of the gold rush. Unfortunately, Simon could only show an insulation jacket that clearly does not comply with the race rules. Which resulted in a 12 hour time penalty for him. It seemed the fairest possible solution. Both made mistakes with mandatory kit and both received a penalty. So, in the end Enrico who did reach the finish line first also placed first in the foot category. Both showed an incredible performance and are winners. Congratulations!
We are now waiting for the next athletes to finish. All of them are making good progress and should finish before the cut-off time on Feb. 18th 10:30 AM.
Stefan Zahlten from Germany crossed the Pelly finish line yesterday at 19:30 to place 2nd. At 23:15 Laura Trentani from Italy finished for 3rd overall and 1st in the women's category. Borja Fernandez arrived at 06:38 this morning. He is 4th overall and 3rd men's. All of them were on foot. Great effort guys and congratulations!
Bernhard Hasenbald from Germany crossed the Dawson City finish line late afternoon yesterday to take 1st place in our 430 mile race. Congratulations Bernhard!
Enrico Ghidoni is currently in second place (and first in foot category) and has left Indian River. Due to a 12 hour time penalty for leaving behind mandatory gear at a checkpoint, Enrico may end up placing 3rd as Simon Reed from England is not too far behind.
James Binks had to scratch this morning just after Pelly Farm due to problems with his achilles. All other 430 miles are going strong and hopefully all of them will reach the finish line by February 18th, 10:30 AM at the latest.