Monday, March 2, 2009

The finish banquet in Fairbanks

Newton thanking his sponsors after receiving his cheque (US$3K) for 13th placeNewton looking at his trophy

The icing on the cake came at the finish banquet in Fairbanks when it was announced that Newton had won the coveted ‘Challenge of the North Award’ for best exemplifying the spirit of the Yukon Quest.
The winner is chosen by the race marshal and judges; on making the presentation to Newton the marshal said:-
“I’ll be the first to admit when I saw his entry I didn’t think it was much more than a publicity stunt,” race marshal Doug Grilliot said.
We felt so proud; imagine a Jamaican musher being awarded for “exemplifying the spirit of the Yukon Quest”. Newton is a true ambassador for Jamaica.
The trophy is a beautiful ink drawing of ravens on a caribou antler.
Newton is in Anchorage to witness the start of the Iditarod; who knows where he will be racing next winterJ
He returns home to Jamaica on March 11th.


Jennoit said...

Congrats on your award, Newton!! I had hoped to see the start of the Quest from Whitehorse this year, but am not living there at the moment. I am pretty damn impressed with the Jamaican Sled Dog team!

SusanE said...

Followed your progress. You were amazing.

All you guys are pretty impressive.

Go Jamaica Go.