Mushers who embark on the 2018 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race will be competing for a minimum purse of $125,000 USD.
The purse announcement comes before the official 2018 sign-up day, scheduled for Saturday, August 5, 2017. The top 15 official finishing positions will receive a percentage of the prize money.
“For the third year in a row, we are able to commit to an increased minimum purse for the race,” says Ryan Hughes, President of the Yukon Quest Alaska Board. “We truly value and appreciate all the support from our amazing sponsors, volunteers, and fans who consistently help contribute to the purse every year.”
Entry packages for mushers interested in the 1,000-mile race are available online or at either Yukon Quest office. Mushers can sign-up in person on August 5th at the office in Fairbanks from 12-2pm AKDT, or at the office in Whitehorse from 1-3pm PDT. All mushers who officially sign up on Saturday will be entered into a drawing to win $1,300 US.
In Fairbanks, fans will have a chance to meet mushers signing up for both Yukon Quest races. In Whitehorse, sign-up day will run alongside Yukon Quest BarkFest. Taking place at the office from 11am until 3pm, BarkFest includes a BBQ, contests and a chance to meet some of the mushers signing up for the 2018 race.
The 2018 Yukon Quest will start Saturday, February 3rd in Fairbanks, Alaska.