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Canadian musher to start first in Yukon Quest

By Associated Press 11:16 AM January 31, 2014

In the small race field of 18, Ontario musher Hank DeBruin claimed the No. 18 spot.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – A musher from Canada’s Yukon Territory has drawn the first position in the start of the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Normand Casavant of Whitehorse selected the No. 1 spot from a bunny boot during the Yukon Quest start banquet Thursday in Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/ASQ3y6) says Casavant considers the position a good omen.

He picked the seventh position last year and finished seventh. In 2012, he picked the 10th position and finished in 10th place.

In the small race field of 18, Ontario musher Hank DeBruin claimed the No. 18 spot.

The race begins Saturday in Fairbanks, and instead of finishing in Whitehorse, it will end 18 miles to the north because of thin ice on the Yukon River.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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