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Yukon Quest will not run traditional 1,000-mile international race for consecutive years

Updated: Jun. 12, 2021 at 4:23 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - In a joint press release by the Alaska and International Yukon Quest Board of Directors, the organization announced it will not be running the traditional 1,000-mile race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse in 2022.

“Looking at all aspects that may affect putting on a 1,000 mile race between the two countries as well as considering feedback from our loyal mushers, the joint board made the final decision to move forward with two Yukon Quest Races.” the press release stated. “Both boards of the Yukon Quest are excited to be working together to bring the race back to the north in 2022. We are committed to working together and pooling resources to maintain this iconic piece of northern history that started with a dream in 1984.”

Similar to last year, each side of the border will host a 300-mile race. On February 5, 2022, the Alaska side of the Quest will host a race, likely similar to the ‘Summit Quest 300′ in 2021. The Yukon side is scheduled to host the ‘YQ 300′ on February 19.

“The races start 2 weeks apart which will give mushers the ability to run both races if the border is open and COVID rules permit. Offering two races will give mushers the opportunity to qualify right away to run the 1,000 mile race in 2023!” the press release went on to say. “The Yukon side will host a 300 on the traditional Yukon Quest 300 trail, and will incorporate shorter race(s) to appeal to entry level teams. The joint board for the Yukon and Alaska would like to express our sincere gratitude to our members, mushers, volunteers, participating communities and valued sponsors for continuing to support this uniquely northern event.”

Board members on either side were not immediately made available for comment.

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