The Boards of Directors for the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race committed to a minimum purse of $115,000 USD for the 2014 race.
The purse announcement comes before the official 2014 race sign-up day, scheduled for Saturday, August 3. A total of $100,000 was awarded in the 2013 Yukon Quest.
“We are happy to commit to an increased minimum purse for the 2014 race,” stated Kerynn Fisher, President of the Yukon Quest Alaska Board. “The purse, as well as operational costs of running the race, are raised through sponsorship and fundraising. While we do have some important sponsors returning this year, our staff continues to work hard in securing as many additional sponsors as possible. We will revisit the purse amount if we see an increase in the overall sponsorship and fundraising.”
There are many sponsorship opportunities available with the Yukon Quest, including Veterinary Care, Volunteer and Checkpoint Sponsors, as well as Official Suppliers. Those wishing to sponsor or donate funds or materials can contact either Yukon Quest office.
“The Yukon Quest is an iconic northern event that captivates fans in the Yukon, Alaska, and around the world,” said Joost Van Der Putten, President of the Yukon Board. “We couldn’t commit to this race without the support of the business community and the many individuals who give their time and money. The 2013 race was one of the best in recent memory, and with everyone’s continued support, we can ensure 2014 will be another huge success.”
Entry packages for mushers interested in the 1,000 mile race are available at yukonquest.com or at either Yukon Quest office. Mushers can sign-up in person on August 3rd at the office in Fairbanks from 2-4 pm, or at the office in Whitehorse from 3-5 pm. All mushers who sign up that day will be entered into a drawing to win $1,300 US.
The 2014 Yukon Quest starts February 1st in Fairbanks, Alaska.