FAIRBANKS—The purse for the 2014 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race will be a bit larger than the total awarded this year.
The race’s two boards of directors — one in Alaska and one in Canada — have committed to a minimum purse of $115,000, the organization announced today.
The projected purse is up from the $100,000 awarded in this year’s race but is well short of the $150,000 purse from the 2012 race. The low purse for the 2013 race was attributed to difficulty in fundraising and attracting sponsors during a down economy.
Sign-ups for the 2014 Quest begin on Aug. 3.
“We are happy to commit to an increased minimum purse for the 2014 race,” stated Kerynn Fisher, president of the race’s Alaska board. “The purse, as well as operational costs of running the race, are raised through sponsorship and fundraising.
“While we do have some important sponsors returning this year, our staff continues to work hard in securing as many additional sponsors as possible,” she said. “We will revisit the purse amount if we see an increase in the overall sponsorship and fundraising.”
The 2014 Quest starts Feb. 1 in Fairbanks. The 1,000-mile race runs between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon, with the two cities alternating as the starting point each year.
Mushers who sign up on the first day will be entered into a drawing to win $1,300. Mushers can sign-up in person Aug. 3 in Fairbanks from 2-4 p.m. and in Whitehorse from 3-5 p.m.
Entry forms are available at yukonquest.com or at the Yukon Quest offices in Whitehorse and Fairbanks.