72 teams will compete on this year’s trail from Fairbanks to Nome. The race begins in 12 days, with the ceremonial start on March 4th.
This will be Royer’s rookie run in the Yukon Quest, although she’s been running dogs for 25 years. She has claimed a spot in the top 20 in Iditarod the past three years in a row – with her best run in 2015, taking 4th place.
After a reversal by race officials, mushers Ed Stielstra and Laura Ness are now back on the roster for the 2017 Yukon Quest, despite having missed a vet check.
A diverse roster of competitors from around the world will be kicking off the 34th annual Yukon Quest — from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Fairbanks — on February 4th.
audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman Ed Stielstra’s staying positive about Iditarod 2011. Although he’s not looking forward to the hills on the trail…