Manila native Allen Moore wins 2013 Yukon Quest

FAIRBANKS, AK ( - Allen Moore crossed the finish line in Fairbanks at 6:54 am, winning the 2013 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race.

Moore was an hour and 16 minutes ahead of second-place musher Hugh Neff, last year's Yukon Quest champion. He finished with 11 dogs in a time of eight days, 18 hours and 57 minutes.

"I trained my team to run 26 seconds faster," joked Moore, referencing his loss to Neff last year by a hair.

Moore says the pivotal moment of the race was in Circle, where he rested for two additional hours while Hugh took off from the checkpoint. He thinks he made up time in the end, because of that two-hour rest.

"If it wasn't for my handlers or my team, I never would have won. We've got a good group of dogs and a good group of people helping us," he said, adding it's pretty likely he will be back to run the Yukon Quest in 2014.

Moore and his wife, Aliy Zirkle, become the first husband and wife to each win the Yukon Quest. Zirkle took the title in 2000.