Mushers must have demonstrated ability to complete a long distance sled dog race. Rookie drivers must complete a 300 mile YQI sanctioned and one other YQI sanctioned race of at least 200 miles (500 miles minimum).
Yukon Quest entrants who reach Dawson City will be considered to have fulfilled both qualifiers. Completing at least 300 miles of the Yukon Quest or Iditarod will fulfill the 300 mile race requirement.
Qualifying races must be completed within 42 months of the start of the Yukon Quest race.
Qualifiers must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Must be eligible distance (200 miles or more, OR 300 miles or more for 300 qualifiers)
- Must be a continuous-run race (stage races do not qualify)
- Must have a written set of Rules.
- Must have a Race Marshal overseeing the rules and the conduct of the race.
- Must have a Vet Program to ensure good canine care.
- Must support independent travel (no outside assistance allowed)
It is suggested that all races honor YQ censures.
The following races are sanctioned qualifiers for the 2017 Yukon Quest.
Qualifier status is subject to change depending on outcome of each race or any changes for the 2016/17 season.
|Races qualifying as 200 miles||Miles||Location|
|CAN-AM CROWN INTERNATIONAL||250M||Maine, USA|
|EAGLE CAP 200||200M||Oregon, USA|
|GIN GIN 200||200M||Alaska, USA|
|HUDSON BAY QUEST||250M||Manitoba, Canada|
|KNIK 200||200M||Alaska, USA|
|PERCY De WOLFE MEMORIAL MAIL RACE||210M||Yukon, Canada / Alaska, USA|
|TUSTUMENA 200||200M||Alaska, USA|
|TWO RIVERS 200||200M||Alaska, USA|
|TOBACCO TRAIL 325K||200M||Sweden|
|Races qualifying as 300 miles||Miles||Location|
|CANADIAN CHALLENGE (run as a Yukon Quest qualifier)||300M||Saskatchewan, Canada|
|COPPER BASIN 300||300M||Alaska, USA|
|IDITAROD TRAIL SLED DOG RACE||300M of||Alaska, USA|
|KLONDIKE 300||300M||Alaska, USA|
|KOBUK 440||440M||Alaska, USA|
|KUSKOKWIM 300||300M||Alaska, USA|
|NORTHERN LIGHTS 300||300M||Alaska, USA|
|TOLOVANA 300||300M||Alaska, USA|
|WILLOW 300||300M||Alaska, USA|
|YUKON QUEST||300M of||Alaska, USA / Yukon, Canada|
|YUKON QUEST 300||300M||Alaska, USA / Yukon, Canada|
Please note: Races allowing outside assistance (optional or not) are no longer approved or accepted as a qualifier for the Yukon Quest.
SLED DOG RACE ORGANIZERS
If you are the organizer of a sled dog race that is interested in applying to become an Official Qualifier of the Yukon Quest, please see the Application Process.