The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was announced yesterday, and the Yukon Quest was named in the “Event” category.
Here is what was submitted about the race as part of the induction consideration:
“The 1,000-mile race is run every February between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon. Because of the harsh winter conditions, difficult trail and the limited support that competitors are allowed, it is arguably the toughest race in the world. First run in 1984, the race course follows the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush and challenges mushers with harsh weather, arduous climbs and long, lonely stretches between checkpoints.”
The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame will hold an induction ceremony in March 2014 at the Anchorage Museum auditorium. The event will be free and open to the public. The date and time will be announced at a later time.
"The Selection Panel had to make some extremely difficult choices," said Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director Harlow Robinson. "There were many strong candidates in all categories and they arrived with a class we can all be very proud of."
Over 1,600 people participated in the public voting process. The accumulative public vote total constituted one ballot equal to a selection panel member's ballot.