Formerly known as the "Starter Program", this program was created in response to mushers' desire to actively participate in raising funds to increase the race purse. This gives fans the opportunity to become the Quest Guest for their favorite musher.
Bidding for the 2018 Quest Guest is now closed.
Thank you to everyone who bid in this year's auction! We'll be contacting you soon with information about your package.
Included in the 2018 Quest Guest Experience:
- Lunch with Musher on Thursday February 1st, 2018 in Fairbanks
- One ticket to the Start Banquet.
- Special Access Pass to the staging area before the race in Fairbanks on February 3rd, 2018
- Ride in a second sled behind musher for the first ~1.5 miles of the race
- Signed race poster
- Photo with your musher
- Your name read by the announcer at the Start Line
Individual mushers may also choose to add additional "perks" to their online auction at any time! Make sure to visit often and see what unique items or experiences are included in each mushers Quest Guest experience.
Net proceeds of this program are included in the race purse and directly benefit the mushers.
Testimonials from 2014:
"I had a marvelous time and had the pleasure of experiencing the fun of Fairbanks and the quiet of mushing on the river - a bit of the magic of the Yukon Quest" - Dawn Beckwell
"The new Starter Program for the Yukon Quest is an awesome experience! It allowed me a chance to hang out with ‘my’ musher, meet the dogs and the handlers, and really get a feel for how much work goes into just getting to the starting line. I felt like a part of the Quest family, from the lunch with the mushers to the shuttle back from our drop-off point. The excitement of start day is unbelievable." - Sharon Johnston
"It truly was an experience of a life time which I hope to repeat" - Betty Miller