The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race starts on a Saturday
in early February. The race runs from Fairbanks,
Alaska, USA to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada in even-numbered years, and from Whitehorse to Fairbanks in odd-numbered years.
The dogs and mushers follow trails that once carried gold miners, fur traders, missionaries and mail carriers, in the days when dog teams were often the only method of transportation in the great North.
The race draws seasoned mushers ready to tackle the Northern wilderness.
The Yukon Quest is not a staged race but a true distance race. Mushers cannot replace sleds. With distances between checkpoints sometimes over 200 miles, they must carry many of their supplies with them. Mushers and dogs are on their own.
There are many sites devoted to the
Yukon Quest on the internet!!
Here are some of our favorites!