FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) The Yukon Quest International announced on June 17 the decision to hold the race in 2021 but with an additional twist. That there will be separate races being held, one in Alaska and the other in the Yukon.
“We’re working hard to find solutions for our financial situation,” said Dave Dalton, President, Alaska Board of Directors. “We’ve weighed what we can feasibly commit to for the 2021 race season and have determined that it makes the most sense to scale back this year and focus our efforts and resources on a shorter race in Alaska.”
The Yukon Quest said the current landscape with COVID-19 and the subsequent pandemic influenced their decision to hold two races. The current situation would affect border restrictions and the logistics. They also pushed back sign-up day to September this year.
“We’re not the only organization to feel the impacts of COVID-19,” said Bev Regier, President, Yukon Board of Directors. “Not only has this provided uncertainty regarding necessary logistics for the 1,000 mile race, but we also acknowledge that a number of sponsors have also been impacted and may not be able to support the race in 2021 the same way they have been able to do in past years.”
Both the Alaska and Yukon Board of Directors are planning the stages for the 2021 races, and the details of the trail. The distance and logistics will be released on a later day.
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