Officials announce Yukon Quest purse of at least $115,000

Race officials will offer at least $115,000 to the winner of the 2016 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that race officials announced the purse on Friday.

Last year’s purse was $127,110, including $12,110 left over from the 2014 race. Fundraisers and sponsorships help fill out the purse.

The announcement from race officials came the day before in-person signups for the 1,000-mile sled dog race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon. The Yukon Quest is scheduled to being on February 6, 2016, in Fairbanks.

Officials also say Doug Grilliot of Willow will be the race marshal for the fourth year in a row. The head veterinarian will be Cristina Hansen and the race manager will be Alex Olesen.