FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Yukon Quest sign ups took place Saturday in Fairbanks, as mushers prepare for what is labeled as the toughest sled dog race in the world.
Several Mushers registered for either the 1,000 mile race or the Yukon 300.
Reigning 1,000 mile champion Brent Sass signed the dotted line, looking to defend his 2019 title. Other returners include Denis Tremblay, who finished 7th last year, and Ryne Olson of Two Rivers, who placed 12th in last year's race.
Those signing up for the 300 mile edition include Nathaniel Hamlyn, who took 10th in the longer distance race last year
Signing up for the 300 for the first time was Dave Turner. Traditionally, Turner competes in sprint races from 50 to 200 miles, but wanted to try out the longer distance this year.
"I am pretty excited. I have wanted to do the Quest 300 for a couple years now. It has a really nice format and it is here in Fairbanks," Turner said. "I debated whether I should sign up today to make sure I get a spot or maybe wait to see if the race fills up. I decided I wanted to light that fire and give me something to look forward to."
The 37th annual Yukon Quest is set to begin on February 1st in Fairbanks.