ANCHORAGE, Alaska —Allen Moore of Two Rivers, Alaska left Braeburn at 4:23 p.m. Yukon time on Monday afternoon, 100 miles from his first championship in a 1,000-mile sled dog race. Moore owned a 42-minute lead over Hugh Neff, who departed Braeburn at 5:05 pm.
Moore's lead would have been only 12 minutes if not for a half-hour time penalty assessed to Neff for arriving in a checkpoint without an axe, a mandatory piece of equipment. It is the second time in four years that Neff has been set back because of a time penalty. In 2009, he was penalized two hours for driving off the trail towards the end of the race -- and ended up finishing second that year, by a slim four minutes.
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