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Yukon Quest confirms a 2022 start date in Fairbanks

Published: Feb. 25, 2021 at 5:29 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Seven days after the final musher completed the Summit Quest 300, the Yukon Quest Board of Directors confirmed a start date for a full, 1,000-mile race in 2022. Traditionally, the international sled dog race begins in Fairbanks in even years and Whitehorse in odd years and that will continue next year although the Yukon did not get their race start in 2021.

February 5, 2022, the first Saturday of the month, the 38th Yukon Quest will take off from Fairbanks.

“After the success of our race here in Alaska this winter, the 2021 Summit Quest 300, we’re excited to now begin planning next year’s Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race,” said Doug Grilliot, Secretary and Musher Representative of the Board of Directors in Alaska, in a press release.

Due to the United States-Canadian border closure, the full-length 2021 Yukon Quest was canceled. The Alaskan side of the Quest completed the Summit Quest 300 earlier this month, while the Yukon side began the Yukon Journey Wednesday, a 260-mile race. While both sides are hopeful for a full race in 2022, they understand the lingering concerns regarding the border and the pandemic.

“Obviously, there is still a bit of uncertainty about what exactly the race will look like, as it all depends on how the pandemic unfolds in the months to come,” said Josi Leideritz, Executive Director in the Whitehorse office. “But with the current rollout of the vaccine we’re hopeful that the border will reopen and the race can go ahead as planned next year.”

This was the first year since its inauguration in 1984 that the 1,000-mile international Yukon Quest did not take place. The 2020 Yukon Quest Champion was Brent Sass of Eureka. More details about the 2022 Yukon Quest is expected to be released throughout the year.

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