There’s no 1,000 mile Yukon Quest race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse this year. That’s of course due to pandemic Alaska-Yukon border crossing restrictions. But race organizers on the Alaska side are putting on the shorter Quest 300, which usually happens outside of the spotlight, but this year, it’s the main event.
Re-branded the Summit Quest 300, the race route runs from Two Rivers over Rosebud and Eagle Summits to Central and Circle, before turning back and finishing in Central. The 300 miler has drawn a field that includes two-time 1,000- mile champion Hugh Neff, a few other veterans, and a lot of rookies looking to gain experience. As Lex Treinen reports, race organizers are making the event happen despite tough financial times and mushers are excited to run it.