22 mushers sign up as 2019 Yukon Quest signups day one comes to a close

Fairbanks (KTUU) Some big names came out to sign up as the 2019 Yukon Quest opened for registration on Saturday.

22 mushers signed up at the end of day one, which is up from the 19 that signed up last year.

Defending champion Allen Moore says he feels like the time to start preparing has come before he even realized it.

"But as soon as we start signing up again, it all starts coming back. The training is going to begin out here within a month, for us anyway," he said with a grin. "It's a long road ahead. We got to get ourselves in shape and we have to get the dogs in shape."

The full list of who signed up is below:

1. Rob Cooke - V Whitehorse, YT

2. Cody Strathe - V Ester, AK

3. Olivia Webster - R Tok, AK

4. Paige Drobny - V Ester, AK

5. Misha Wiljes - V Willow, AK

6. Laura Allaway - R Fairbanks, AK

7. Chase Tingle - R Two Rivers, AK

8. Allen Moore - V Two Rivers, AK

9. Deke Naaktgeboren - R Fairbanks, AK

10. Brent Sass - V Eureka, AK

11. Matt Hall - V Two Rivers, AK

12. Dave Dalton - V Healy, AK

13. Brian Wilmshurst - V Dawson City, YT

14. Ryne Olson - V Two Rivers, AK

15. Torsten Kohnert - V Vaestbotten, Sweden

16. Remy Leduc - R Glenwood, NB

17. Denis Tremblay - V St-Michel des Saints, QC

18. Laura Neese - V McMillan, MI

19. Lisbet Norris - R Fairbanks, AK

20. Andrew Pace - V Healy, AK

21. Michelle Phillips - V Whitehorse, YT

22. Martin Reitan - R Kaktovik, AK

Mushers can sign up until January 4th.