Sunday, August 7, 2016

2017 Yukon Quest

Saturday was the first day of sign-ups for the 2017 Yukon Quest and YQ300. Allen was in Arkansas visiting with his Mom and family so called in to the Yukon Quest office in Fairbanks to drop in the paperwork before he left (right, with Neil from YQ).

It's great to see the number of teams signed up so far: 17 for the 1000 miler and the YQ300 has filled up already with 10 on the wait list on the first day.

Allen and the Black Team will again race in the 1000 mile race; this year starting in Whitehorse on Saturday, February 4th 2017, and finishing on home turf in Fairbanks.


Allen and the Black team, led by Waylon and Scout, during the 2016 Yukon Quest - photo Julien Schroder

Aliy is 7th on the wait list to run the YQ300. If she gets to race it she will do so with some youngsters in the Red Team. They also start in Whitehorse a few hours after the 1000-milers leave, and finish in Pelly Crossing.


Aliy and the Red Team, led by Lester and Boondocks, pulling into Central Corner Checkpoint during 2016 YQ300 - photo Julien Schroder

We have also signed-up a second team for the YQ300! Chris, who is 8th on the waitlist, may compete with a young team so watch this space for more details.

The Yukon Quest is a significant race in the SP Kennel calendar and is important in our overall goals for our dogs and the kennel. We also LOVE the race and the people so we're looking forward to getting to the start line!

Check out the Yukon Quest website and their fun and active Facebook Page for more details.

Are you ready?

Check out more of Julien's fantastic photos on his website. He was one of the official photographers on the 2016 Quest and captured some amazing images in some trying conditions.

10 comments:

Gaye Morgan-Walton said...

Rooting for the Black Team for YQ 17. Hope the Red and Chris get to run too!

Nessmuk said...

Home Turf Rules Baby!! Lol....the Olympics ain't got nothing compared to Sled Dog Racing!! It's already shaping up to a great season!! Fingers crossed for the Red Team to get of that wait list for the YQ300!

A-town's Becky said...

WOW!
I hope the Quest team decide to open the 300 up to more teams. I know it seems a little crowded at the start, but I can't imagine a YQ300 without SPK!

Kathy said...

Loved the picture of Lester & Boondocks with Aliy!! Lester was my fan
club pick. Go-o-o Allen!! Can't wait for the start! Hope Aliy & Chris
get to race. Go SPK your talent is endless!!

Marilyn cozzens said...

Yeah, Allen getting in Yukon Quest. Hopefully the YQ 300 opens up more spots and SPK gets to race.

Anonymous said...

Former champions left on the wait list - for the YQ300 (Both SPK Red Team and at least one other past YQ300 champ).

With so much interest in the YQ300, they should probably raise the entry fee as a business move???

tmcaleer said...

Great, good news Black Team - glad the youngsters are a possibility on the wait list too!

Anonymous said...

If the YQ300 doesn't work out, will there be other mid-distance events for the two and three-year olds?

Frances

Cindy Schaus said...

So exciting! And training season starts in less than a month. The season is almost here. Hope your foot has continued to heal well, Aliy.

Margaret said...

It will be awesome to see the Black Team out on the trail of the YQ1000 in February. WOOF, WOOF, WOOF!!!