Yukon Quest

Yukon Quest
6:08 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Mushers hand off their drop bags in anticipation of the 2015 Yukon Quest

Drop bags are organized by the checkpoint that is written on them before they are packed onto pallets for shipping
Emily Schwing KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - Yukon Quest mushers dropped off all the food and gear they’ll need for the 1000-mile sled dog race in both Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon over the weekend.  Race Manager Alex Olesen says the race becomes more of a reality once all that gear has been delivered.

“I mean we’re not ready, we’re never all the way be ready,” he said. “There’s always going to be things that come, there’s things that will break, there’s things that will change, but now it’s on!” said Olesen.

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Yukon Quest
12:26 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Yukon Quest Mulls Changes to Race Route

Fairbanks, AK - Open water on both the Yukon and Tahkini Rivers in Canada has Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Officials considering alternative routing for this year’s race, which starts in Whitehorse, Yukon and finishes 1000 miles later in Fairbanks.

Yukon Quest
7:44 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Champion Distance Musher Jeff King Plans a Return to the Yukon Quest

Jeff King won the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race in 1989.
Credit Yukon Quest Archive

  Fairbanks, AK - Champion distance musher Jeff King of Denali plans to return to the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race next February.  It’s been a quarter century since he’s run that race.  in 2015, he’ll face a three-time defending champion, a rule change regarding rest times and mandatory stops and number of young, upcoming mushers. 

It’s been 25 year’s since Jeff King has driven a dog team on the 1000 mile trail between Fairbanks and Whitehorse. King announced via Facebook he plans to make a comeback in February. 


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Yukon Quest
6:03 am
Mon August 4, 2014

21 Mushers Add their Names to 2015 Yukon Quest Roster

Fairbanks, AK -The headquarters of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in both Alaska and Canada were buzzing Saturday with talk of snow and mushing.Two-time champion Allen Moore plans to return.

“We’re gonna do the same that we’ve done every year," he says.  "Hopefully we’ll have a good chance at the end. There’s lots of people that will have a good chance to win, but everything has to line up, as you know.” 


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Yukon Quest
6:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Big Rule Change Comes to the Yukon Quest

Brent Sass's lead dogs lick the ice from their booties during a quick stop for supplies at Carmacks during the 2014 Yukon Quest.
Credit Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race will have a new set of rules in 2015.  Overall rest time has been decreased by two hours, but mushers will be required to make more mandatory stops along the 1000 mile trail.

Driving a dog team between Fairbanks and Whitehorse used to take 12 days or more, but in the last few years the fastest sled dogs have completed the run in just over nine days.  Eureka musher Brent Sass says the addition of more mandatory stops fundamentally alters the race. “It’s huge. It’s huge.  It’s a huge change!” he exclaims.

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Yukon Quest
6:29 am
Mon February 17, 2014

2014 Quest Will Go Down as One of the Toughest

Whitehorse, YK - The 31st annual Yukon Quest came to a close Saturday night with the finish banquet and an awards ceremony.

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Yukon Quest
7:51 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Determined DeBruin Doesn't Disappoint

Hank DeBruin's team of Siberain huskies only gives about 75 percent, says the Canadian musher.
Credit Julien Schroder / Yukon Quest

Whitehorse, YK - The 2014 Yukon Quest is likely to come to a close today with four mushers due in Friday.  They’ve spent nearly two weeks out on the trail.  But, there’s one musher who tries to avoid the limelight, but he’d also like to avoid the red lantern.

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Yukon Quest
6:59 am
Thu February 13, 2014

The Back of the Pack is Still Plugging Along Down the Quest Trail

Jerry Joinson's team checks in at the Braeburn Checkpoint
Credit Julien Schroder / Yukon Quest

Carmacks, YK - The back of the pack is nearing the Yukon Quest finish line. But their run to Whitehorse has been filled with trials and tribulations. And there’s still a race happening.

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Yukon Quest
6:01 am
Wed February 12, 2014

The 'Kiwi Musher' is a Rookie, But He's No Stranger to Mushing

Not only is he the Kiwi Musher, but Curt Perano may also be the frostiest musher on this year's Yukon Quest trail.
Credit Julian Schroder / Yukon Quest

Carmacks, YK - The Yukon Quest has once again proven itself as one of the toughest races in the Far North.  Of the 18 mushers who signed up for this year’s race, only eleven may finish.  The race has claimed rookies, and seasoned veterans alike, but there are still a handful of teams plugging along toward the finish line outside of Whitehorse.  KUAC’s Emily Schwing caught up with the “Kiwi Musher” and has this profile.

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Yukon Quest
8:46 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Hall is Quest Rookie of the Year

Matt Hall is this year's Rookie of the year, finishing in third place.
Credit Mark Gillet / Yukon Quest

Carmacks, YK - Matt Hall claimed third place and became this year’s Yukon Quest Rookie of the Year Tuesday afternoon.  The 22-year old grew up training dogs in Eagle, Alaska. He says he signed up for this year’s Quest for the experience. “I didn’t go it this race with a schedule of any kind.  I basically figured it out right out of the start chute.”

He says he didn’t decided to start running a competitive race until he reached the halfway point in Dawson City. 

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