Veteran Katherine Keith from Kotzebue, Alaska was the final musher to sign up for the 2018 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race.
Keith was one of 30 mushers between August 5th and the final deadline of January 5th to add their name to the field. A total of 26 mushers will continue to the start line, an increase from the 21 in 2017. Defending champion Matt Hall and past champions Hugh Neff and Allen Moore are included in the list of 15 veterans and 11 rookies.
The YQ300 has a full field of 25 mushers including past YQ300 champions Sven Haltmann, Michelle Phillips, Gerry Willomitzer and Aliy Zirkle. They are joined by fellow 1,000-mile finishers Cody Strathe, Ben Good, Matthew Failor, and Mandy Nauman Austin.