Purse for 2020 Yukon Quest set at $100,000

The Yukon Quest finish line in downtown Fairbanks. (KTUU)

ANCHORAGE, (KTUU) - The top 15 Mushers who embark on the 2020 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race will receive a percentage of a guaranteed minimum purse of $100,000.

The purse announcement comes before the official 2020 Sign up Day, scheduled for August 3, 2019.

The Quest Guest Program earnings will be distributed evenly among all official finishers on top of the purse earnings.

In 2019, the purse totaled $115,000 with the Quest Guest Program bringing in $5,618.

“Funds for the purse, as well as operational costs to run the race, are raised through sponsorship and fundraising,” states John Dixon, President of the Alaska Board of Directors. “We’re grateful to have sponsors return each year and we will continue to work hard to secure as many additional sponsors as possible. If we see an increase in overall sponsorship and fundraising, we’ll revisit the purse amount.”

Entry packages for mushers interested in the 1,000-mile race are available online or at either Yukon Quest office. Mushers can sign-up in person on August 3rd at the office in Fairbanks from 12-2pm AK, or at the office in Whitehorse from 1-3pm PST.

All mushers who officially sign up on Saturday will be entered into a drawing to win back their $1,300 USD entry fee.

The 37th Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race starts Saturday, February 1st in Fairbanks, Alaska. For up-to-date information and news about the race, visit www.yukonquest.com.

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