Wilmshurst will be first out for the 30th running

Thursday, January 31, 2013

It was a capacity crowd at the Yukon Convention Centre for the Yukon Quest Start & Draw Banquet Thursday.

Mushers, handlers, officials, and fans enjoyed local entertainment, dinner and a silent auction before the main event – the bib draw.

Dawson City’s Brian Wilmshurst was the 11th musher on stage and he drew bib #1 much to the delight of the crowd. That means Wilmshurst will be the first musher to leave the start line Saturday. Carcross musher Crispin Studer was the 26th and last musher to draw a bib, and ended up with bib #26 – sponsored by the Yukon Quest’s Facebook fans.

Four-time champion Lance Mackey drew bib #6 and said, “I’ll take it. Number six has been good to me before.”

Mackey said six is the number he wore in 2006, when he won his second Yukon Quest.

Here is the complete starting order, with bib sponsor:

  1. Brian Wilmshurst – Arctic Tulip Bookkeeping
  2. Markus Ingebretsen – Braeburn Lodge
  3. Rob Cooke – Jerry Van Dyke’s Tours
  4. Hugh Neff – Canadas Best Value Inn
  5. Cody Strathe – Canada Flooring Enterprises
  6. Lance Mackey – Duffy’s Pets & Tanzilla Harness
  7. Normand Casavant – Nature Tours of Yukon
  8. Kelley Griffin – Summit Customs Brokers
  9. Randy MacKenzie – Candy’s Fruit Stand
  10. Susan Rogan – Bear’s Paw Quilts
  11. Allen Moore – Eldorado Hotel
  12. Christina Traverse – Northern Tales Travel Services
  13. Denis Tremblay – Icy Waters Ltd.
  14. Matthew Failor – Yukon Pump
  15. Dan Kaduce – Irving Collision Repairs
  16. Misha Pedersen –Klondike Rib & Salmon
  17. Abbie West – Liberty Tax Services
  18. Brent Sass – Builders Supplyland
  19. Dyan Bergen – All-West Glass Whitehorse Ltd.
  20. Jake Berkowitz – Super Save Propane & Fencing
  21. Dave Dalton – Yukon Denture Clinic
  22. Ed Abrahamson – Canadian Tire
  23. Scott Smith – EBA Engineering
  24. Darrin Lee – AFA Forest Products
  25. Ed Hopkins – Airport Chalet Hotel
  26. Crispin Studer – Fabulous Facebook Fans

The 2013 Yukon Quest starts at 11 am on Saturday, February 2nd in Whitehorse, Yukon.