Senior staff back for 2014 Yukon Quest, Musher sign up

FAIRBANKS-It's just 5 months and 28 days away but the Yukon Quest has some legs already. As far as behind the scenes those familiar with the race will return.

For instance, last year's race marshal, Doug Grilliot, will return as race marshal for the fourth time. He was race marshal in 2008, 2009 and in 2013. Dr. Kathleen McGill will come back as head veterinarian. She has been volunterring as head vet for five years now. Marti Steury can't sit still when it comes to the Quest. She will be back on board for 2014. Earlier this year she hinted at trying something new and retiring but she is back.

New additions are Linda Green who will be the operations manager helping with race logistics and longtime volunteer Gaetan Pierrard will be the assistant race manger.

13 mushers signed up last Saturday which was the first day to sign up for the 2014 Yukon Quest. Of the 13 were defending champion Allen Moore of Two Rivers, Brent Sass who finished third last year, four rookies and three Canadians including Normand Cassavant. Cassavant finished seventh last year respectively.

The 1,000 mile international sled dog race starts in Fairbanks on February 1, 2014 and will end in Whitehorse, Yukon. The purse will be $115,000 an increase of $15,000 from a year ago.