Mushers sign up for Quest

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A dozen mushers have signed up to run next year's Yukon Quest from Fairbanks to Whitehorse.

Quest veteran Larry Carroll of Willow and rookie Diane Allen of Whitehorse were the first two official entrants on Monday, the first day to sign up for the 1,000-mile race.

Others to enter on Monday were: Jack Berry of Salcha; Alden West of Fairbanks; Bill Steyer of Fairbanks; Tony Blanford of Fairbanks; Joran Freeman of Two Rivers; William Kleedehn of Carcross, Yukon Territory; Frank Turner of Whitehorse; Suzan Amundsen of Two Rivers; Kelley Griffin of Wasilla; and Jim Hendrick of Denali Park.

Allen, West and Griffin are all Quest rookies. The other entrants have run the race at least once.

Quest officials said at least two other entries were mailed in on Monday.

Turner, who continued his tradition as the only musher to enter every Quest since the race's inception in 1984, is the only former champion currently entered. Turner won the race in 1995.

In addition to Turner and Berry, four other mushers who ran the 2001 race will return.

Kleedehn, who mushes with an artificial leg, was the frontrunner for much of this year's race before finishing a career-best third in his fifth Quest. Freeman finished fourth to capture Rookie of the Year honors in 2001.

Mushers have until Dec. 15 to enter the race. The field is limited to 50 entrants.

The 2002 Quest starts Feb. 10 in Fairbanks. It takes the leaders 10 to 12 days to reach the finish line in Whitehorse.

The Quest offers a $125,000 purse with the winner taking home $30,000.

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