Yukon North Of Ordinary

Sports archive for October 25, 2012

Quest celebrations begin with 30th birthday party

In 1983, a chance gathering in a Fairbanks pub resulted in the idea of a 1,000-mile sled dog race between the Alaskan city and Whitehorse.

By Whitehorse Star on October 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm

In 1983, a chance gathering in a Fairbanks pub resulted in the idea of a 1,000-mile sled dog race between the Alaskan city and Whitehorse.

Tomorrow, the Yukon Quest will be celebrating that memory, and all the moments that have resulted with a 30th birthday party planned at the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre.

Dubbed the Long John Masquerade, the party will have a definite northern flair.

“The best usage of long johns, however that is, we will have a prize,” said Marie Belanger, the Canadian Quest office’s executive director. “It’s just going to be fun. I would love for somebody to show up in those long, red one-piece long johns. If that happens, I have to say, I need to find an extra prize for that.”

Dog masks will also be available to be worn, and prizes are being offered for those who make their own.

Memorabilia will be on display from the ‘80s, music from DJ Daniel Ashley will set the appropriate mood, and the food and drinks will be available in plenty – highlighted by a gigantic cake from the Chocolate Claim.

“We want to celebrate the 30 years of racing of the Yukon Quest,” said Belanger.

“The main thing is we want people to have fun.”

Last year’s race champion Hugh Neff has confirmed his attendance, and the mushers on hand will participate in a series of mushing-themed competitions against each other and the public.

“It’s the kickoff event of the year,” Belanger said. “The 30th will be fun and busy and active – and we’re just starting.”

The party runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The 2013 Yukon Quest starts February 2nd in Whitehorse, Yukon. To-date, 22 mushers have signed up to run the 30th edition of the race.

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