Jim Lanier packs his sled in a dry run one day before the start of the 2019 Yukon Quest. The fabric that forms Lanier’s basket features a cash…

Jim Lanier of Chugiak greets his dogs Friday morning before giving his 2019 Yukon Quest race gear a final check. Lanier’s team of Alaska Huski…

Handler Gunnar Johnson, left, speaks with musher Jim Lanier while they check gear Friday morning, one day before the start of the 2019 Yukon Q…

Chugiak musher Jim Lanier tries on his snow goggles while giving his 2019 Yukon Quest gear a final check Friday morning in Whitehorse, Yukon. …

Jim Lanier greets his dogs Jesus, left, and Almond, right, the day before he embarks on the 2019 Yukon Quest. At age 78 Lanier is possibly the…

Yukon Quest rookie Jim Lanier, left, talks with 2018 Quest Champion Allen Moore at Carmacks Checkpoint on Sunday. Moore advised Lanier that th…