The Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race welcomes new Executive Director to the Yukon office.

After organizing a successful 2020 race, Shayna Hammer stepped down as Executive Director for the Yukon office at the end of August in order to pursue a new challenge and opportunity.

In her stead, Josi Leideritz joined the Yukon Quest as new Executive Director on September 16, 2020. She has been working in the Yukon tourism industry for several years, with extensive experience in planning, organizing and marketing events, working with stakeholders across the North, managing budgets, and being responsible for general operational planning.  She furthermore has volunteer experience in sled dog races across the Yukon and is looking forward to developing relationships with mushing organizations, communities and partners.

“The Yukon Quest has been part of my Yukon journey ever since I moved here,” says Josi Leideritz. “This is an unusual year for events. With the cancellation of the race on the Yukon side we look forward to coming up with new, creative ideas on how to engage our communities and fans world-wide over the winter, until we get ready to plan the 2022 race together with Alaska.”

 “We’re happy to have Josi Leideritz on board,” states Bev Regier, President, Yukon Board of Directors. “Her experience in both tourism and marketing is a great resource to the Yukon Quest, especially this year.”

The Yukon Quest would like to thank out-going Executive Director Shayna Hammer, and wish her all the best for her next adventures.