Mushers who hit the trail of the 2016 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race will be competing for a minimum $115,000 purse.
The Yukon Quest Boards of Directors committed to a guaranteed purse of $115,000, as the race prepares for sign-up day Saturday, August 1st. Last year’s purse totaled $127,110, including $12,110 leftover from the 2014 race.
Mushers will also be supported by a veteran race team, with Doug Grilliot returning as Race Marshal for the fourth straight year. Grilliot, a resident of Willow, Alaska also held the position in 2008 and 2009 for a total of six years at the helm.
Dr. Cristina (Nina) Hansen is back as Head Veterinarian. Dr. Hansen served her first stint as Head Vet in 2015, after two years as Assistant Head Veterinarian to Dr. Kathleen McGill, and another three years as a trail vet.
Alex Olesen will once again be in charge of logistics, as Yukon Quest Race Manager for the fourth year in a row. Olesen was also Race Manager in 2007, and has been an Assistant Race Manager for both the Yukon and Alaska.
Entry packages for mushers interested in the 1,000 mile race are available online or at either Yukon Quest office. Mushers can sign-up in person on August 1st at the office in Fairbanks from 12-2 pm, or at the office in Whitehorse from 1-3 pm.
In Whitehorse, sign-up day will run alongside Yukon Quest Bark Fest. Bark Fest gets underway at 11:00 am and runs until 3 pm.
The 2016 Yukon Quest will start Saturday, February 6th in Fairbanks.