EVANSTON, Ill. – 1,000 miles, sub-zero temperatures, 14 dogs.
It’s called the Yukon Quest and is arguably one of the toughest terrains in the sport of dog mushing and a man from Evanston just won the big race for a second time.
It's the precursor to the more well-known Iditarod.
Hugh Neff, 48, endured the treacherous thousand mile trek, which started in Fairbanks, Alaska and finished in Whitehorse, the Yukon Territory in Canada.
In nine days, one hour and 25 minutes, Neff beat the second place finisher by more than 90 minutes.
Four years ago when he first won this storied race, he finished first by only 26 seconds.
Neff is prepping for the Iditarod that takes place in a matter of weeks.
He loves the thrill of competition, but says it's not about the trophy or the money - he took home $25,000 for winning the Yukon.
He says it's all about the story.