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Michelle Phillips Leading the Pack into Carmacks Check Point

Michelle Phillips and her team of 12 dogs pulled up to the Carmacks Check Point on Sunday, February 12th at 2:17 PM. Phillips departed Braeburn at 3:03 AM and was flying towards time station 2 at Lake Mandanna, approximately 50 miles out. She arrived at Carmacks in good spirits, commenting on the great trail conditions, and prepped her team for their mandatory 6 hour rest. Phillips is several hours ahead of the other 250 and 450 mushers.

YQ100 Wrap Up: Janna-Lee Cushing Takes the Red Lantern

After 1 AM on Sunday, February 12th, the YQ100 mushers and their teams crossed the finish line in Braeburn. Luc Tweddell led the pack, followed by Jonathon Lucas, and Nate Metzen. Debbie Knight and her team pulled up at 4:34 AM with 8 dogs.

Luc Tweddell Wins the YQ100

Fans gathered in the early morning on Sunday, February 12th to congratulate Luc Tweddell and his team as they pulled first in the YQ100 across the Braeburn Finishing Line. He finished the race at 1:11 AM with 10 dogs.

Phillips and McMahon First into Braeburn

Michelle Phillips of Tagish Lake Kennels, YQ450 musher, came flying into the Braeburn Checkpoint on Saturday, February 11th at 10:58 PM, nearly an hour earlier than officials were expecting mushers to arrive. The low snow levels has resulted in a hard packed, fast trail.

And they're off! Mushers Head out on the 2023 Yukon Quest Trail

A crowd of fans gathered at Shipyard's Park in Whitehorse, YT to cheer on the sixteen mushers racing in this year's Yukon Quest. Board member and local musher, Jonathon Alsberghe, and his team of the "fluffies" was first to leave Shipyard's Park in memoriam of legendary musher, Bruce Johnson.

The 450-mile mushers departed at 11 AM, led by the #1 bib, Aaron Peck, followed by Connor McMahon, Michelle Phillips, Mille Porsild, Mayla Hill, and Louve Tweddell.

Vet Check for the 2023 Yukon Quest

The vet check for the 2023 Yukon Quest got underway this morning in Whitehorse, YT. Mushers arrived and unloaded their dog teams, one by one, to undergo examinations by our dedicated team of trail veterinarians. Dr. Kate Foster, a veterinarian from Valdez, Alaska, is leading the vet team this year — this is her sixth Quest and she’s thrilled to be back on the trail providing excellent dog care alongside her colleagues. “It’s been eight years since I’ve been here in the Yukon so I’m excited to see old friends again,” says Dr. Kate.

Bib Draw for the 2023 Yukon Quest

This year we have sixteen mushers in the 2023 Yukon Quest! Last night, mushers gathered in Whitehorse to draw bibs for their respective races. The following order will be: YQ100 Jonathon Lucas — 40 Luc Tweddell — 41 Debbie Knight — 42 Janna-Lee Cushing — 43 Nate Metzen — 44

Head Veterinarian and Race Marshal named for 2023 Yukon Quest

The Yukon Quest International Association (Canada) is proud to announce our team leads for the 2023 Yukon Quest races beginning February 11, 2023, in Whitehorse.

Dr. Kate Foster of Valdez, Alaska, will be the Head Veterinarian for the Yukon Quest 450, Yukon Quest 250 and Yukon Quest 100 this winter. Foster has previously volunteered with the Quest in 2004, 2006, and 2010 through 2014.

“I love sled dogs and I love the Great (White) North,” Foster said. “(I’m looking forward to) seeing old friends and getting back to working with sled dogs.”

Rookie Workshop October 22, 2022

The Yukon Quest is pleased to host a Rookie Workshop this fall for both first-time Quest racers and other mushers interested in learning about mid-distance and long-distance racing strategy, preparation and dog care.

The workshop will take place in the Grey Mountain Room at the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre on Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Anyone interested in attending the workshop is asked to fill out this form in advance.

The workshop is free for registered Quest mushers and $5 for members of the public.

Sign-ups roll in for 2023 Yukon Quest races at Barkfest

The Yukon Quest International Association (Canada) was proud to welcome back the community for its annual Barkfest & Sign-Up Day outside its office in Whitehorse on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

The action picked up at the event at noon with a canicross race along the riverfront cohosted with the Dog Powered Sports Association of the Yukon. A total of seven racers took part, including four who also registered to race in the Quest this winter.

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