This afternoon at 2pm AKST veteran musher Mike Ellis (bib #18) from Fairbanks, Alaska scratched form the race at Mile 101, Alaska. His decision was made for the health and well-being of his team.
Most people noticed that musher Hugh Neff blazed out of the Yukon Quest start gate wearing his signature “The Cat in the Hat” headpiece. It’s hard to miss the tall red and white hat from the eponymous children’s book.
But Neff’s number-one fan noticed he was also wearing something else....
The start line for the 35th Annual Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race was full of energy and parkas.
Before the onslaught of excited fans descended upon Wednesday night’s Meet the Mushers event in Fairbanks we sat down with the 2018 Yukon Quest freshman class to get some further insight into their preparation, anticipation, and expectations for their rookie run.
Not everyone can come to the Yukon Quest, but they can feel as though they’re experiencing it thanks to a talented team of photographers.
Competitors in the YQ300 drew for bib numbers at this afternoon’s Mushers and Handlers meeting. The start order is as follows:
In the order they signed up in, one by one the 2018 mushers of the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race drew their starting position at the Start & Draw Banquet, taking the time to thank sponsors, handlers, family, and friends for their support.
The volunteer trail breakers in Alaska and the Canadian Rangers in Yukon have been working hard breaking trail to ensure the safety of the mushers and teams.
The trail report is as follows:
Mile 101 to Central
The approach to Eagle has good snow with the top...
Fans and personnel alike will stay connected in Alaska during the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race thanks to HughesNet, the nation’s leading satellite Internet service from Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services....
We want to get to know the teams who intend to run the 2018 1,000 or YQ300 mile race, so we've reached out with some questions! We'll update the website weekly (as available) for fans to learn more about the teams they'll be watching in February.