Whitehorse - Braeburn
(Distanz 110 km, Zeit ca. 12-18 Stunden)
The Trail leads first through wooded zones and along streets where many spectators can confuse the sled dogs. Downhills and sharp curves as well as places where river water was pressed on the surface by tears in the winter ice make this stretch so hard. Again and again sources and rivers like the Tahiki River burst the ice and even at -30°C it can give places where the water is knee depth. The quality of the Trails can change in hours of "excellent" to impassable, depending where new tears appear.
Although this part stretch of the racing is notorious for this "Overflows", how this phenomenon is named, they will accompany the team over 1700 km on parts of the Trails. Dogs and musher must find a rythme for the long stretch lying before them as well as brake the rested and enthused teams a bit.
Many Musher will be not yet rest in Braeburn, which is an official Checkpoint, to keep the crowd away from there dogs and find a more quiet rest for them.