PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, March 13. /ITAR-TASS/. A half of the way, 609 km has been covered by participants in Eurasia's longest dog sled race Beringia-2014 on the Kamchatka Peninsula. They have reached Klyuchi (‘water springs’) Settlement, Ust-Kamchatsk District, an official at the organizing committee of the race told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
A trophy made from natural stone in Florentine Mosaic style is presented to a musher who is the first to cover a half of the route in the Beringia race.
The Prize was instituted by the Beringia race organizing committee in 2003 in memory of prominent Kamchatka-based helicopter pilot Vladimir Samarsky who as an assistant in the race escorted dog teams and airlifted cargo.
The participants in the race have a day of rest on March 13. They would proceed on their way to the Ozyornaya control point on March 14.
Andrei Semashkin retains the lead in general classification. He has clocked 58 hours and 8 minutes. His wife Anastasia Semashkina (a debutante of the race) is only 14 minutes behind her husband. Valentin Levkovsky, a musher from Ust-Khairyuzovo is third. He is 21 minutes behind the leader.
The Beringia dog sled race has been held on the Kamchatka Peninsula since 1990. This year, the distance of the race is 1,300 km. The race runs from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Tilichiki Township. The prize fund of the race is 7 million 750 thousand rubles ($212,572).