Yukon Quest purse in 2015 up from 2014

The Yukon Quest. (Photo from Wikipedia Commons)

The Yukon Quest. (Photo from Wikipedia Commons)

The winnings in the 2015 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race will be increased by more than $12,000 from the purse in this year’s race.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports next year’s race will have a purse of at least $127,110.

This year’s total purse was $115,000, but $12,110 was not claimed because fewer than 15 teams completed the 1,000-mile race.

The unclaimed money is being added to next year’s purse.

The record high purse was $150,000 in 2012. That’s before sponsorship and donation problems contributed to the recent dip.

The race alternates starts yearly between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Next year’s race starts Feb. 7 in Whitehorse.

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