Strathe First Musher to Sign Up for 2016 Yukon Quest

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile Sled Dog Race is officially on, with 21 mushers putting pen to paper on the first day of sign-ups for the 2016 race. Entries are taken until December 4th.

Ester, Alaska resident Cody Strathe was the first musher to sign up, followed by Gaetan Pierrard of Mendenhall, Yukon. Defending champion Brent Sass and two-time champion Allen Moore are also among those who are running again.

Additionally, 19 mushers signed up for the YQ300, including 2014 champion Aliy Zirkle, and Ryne Olson, the top female finisher of the 2015 1,000 mile race.

The full list of mushers signed up for the 1,000-mile race as of Sunday is as follows:

1. Cody Strathe – Ester, AK
2. Gaetan PierrardMendenhall, YT
3. Rob Cooke – Whitehorse, YT
4. Mike Ellis – Fox, AK
5. Brent Sass – Eureka, AK
6. Meghan Luke – Minneapolis, MN
7. Paige Drobny – Ester, AK
8. Andrew Price – Healy, AK
9. J. Jay Levy – Durham, NC
10. Sebastien Dos Santos Borges – Chazey-Bons, France
11. Seth Barnes – Sterling, AK
12. Dave Dalton – Healy, AK
13. Torsten KohnertSlussfors, Sweden
14. Matt Hall – Eagle, AK
15. Laura NeeseMcMillian, MI
16. Tore AlbrigtsenTromso, Norway
17. Heidi Sutter – Christochina, AK
18. Allen Moore – Two Rivers, AK
19. Ed Hopkins – 10 Mile, YT
20. Hank DeBruinHaliburton, ON
21. Luc Tweddell – Whitehorse, YT

The full list of mushers currently signed up for the YQ300 is as follows:

1. Patrick Mackey – Kasilof, AK
2. Jason Mackey – Wasilla, AK
3. Sam Crawford –Willow, AK
4. Rod Boyce – Two Rivers, AK
5. Stephanie Ehlenfeldt – Two Rivers, AK
6. Olaf Thurau – Whitehorse, YT
7. Meredith Mapes – Palmer, AK
8. Benjamin Good – North Pole, AK
9. John Dixon – Fairbanks, AK
10. Girodano Tarara ¬– Foligno, Italy
11. Maliko Ubl – Two Rivers, AK
12. Ryne Olson – Two Rivers, AK
13. Shaynee Traska – Gladwin, MI
14. Steven Laviolette – St. Lucie des Laurentides, QC
15. Rodney D. Whaley – Wenatchee, WA
16. Aliy Zirkle – Two Rivers, AK
17. Stephen LoehrAying, Germany
18. Al Eischens – Wasilla, AK
19. Chase Tingle – Hanover, NH

The 2016 Yukon Quest will start Saturday, February 6th in Fairbanks.