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Future of Yukon Quest is bright, outgoing executive director says

After two stints and a total of eight years as executive director of the Yukon Quest – Alaska, Marti Steury is ready for a change.

By Whitehorse Star on March 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm

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Photo by Marcel Vander Wier

NO REGRETS – Marti Steury (right), pictured with Aliy Zirkle and 2013 Yukon Quest winner Allen Moore, has resigned.

After two stints and a total of eight years as executive director of the Yukon Quest – Alaska, Marti Steury is ready for a change.

Steury is stepping down from her role with the organization, saying it’s time to inject new energy into the race and share what she calls a wonderful and unique experience.

“This past year was the best race in recent history,” she said. “Everything is on an up, so what a great time to incorporate new energy. Now that our foundation is solid again, it’s time to expand and share this privilege with others.

“The way the Yukon Quest continues to grow and get better is by adding new ideas, while at the same time recognizing our lessons learned,” she added. “The future is so very bright for the organization and a perfect time for fresh, new leadership.”

Steury began her first stint as executive director in 1983, and was in charge of four races before traveling the trail as a reporter in 1988.

Since then, she’s been everything from checkpoint volunteer to race sponsor.

In August 2009, Steury returned as executive director, and says she is leaving with no regrets.

Life-changing, humbling and privileged are words she used to describe her experience with the famed race.

“We’re so lucky to be where we’re at, to be able to do the things we do. It’s such a gift. How extraordinary that in this day and age, we can still be involved with something this special and make a difference,” said Steury.

“There’s something quite remarkable about surrounding yourself with these incredible animals and the people who surround them.”

She says there was only one goal she never accomplished with the race – competing in it. That was her original intention, when she owned 23 sled dogs in the early 1980s.

Instead, she ended up running the race for everyone else.

Yukon Quest International, Ltd. will be accepting applications for the position of executive director - Alaska starting April 2.

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