FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The field for the 2001 edition of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race has grown to 32 entrants with the addition of two rookies and a veteran.
Cim Smyth of Big Lake and rookies Sarka Meyer of Salcha and Keli Mahoney of Talkeetna mailed their entries Oct. 31. They'll join the other 29 mushers registered for the 1,000-mile sled dog race from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, to Fairbanks.
Mushers have until Dec. 31 to register for the race. The entry fee is $1,400.
The Quest will be offering a purse of $125,000 to be split among the top 15 finishers. The winner takes home a $30,000 paycheck.
The 2001 Quest is scheduled to start Feb. 11 at Whitehorse. The winning musher should take about 11 days to reach the finish line on the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks.
Three former champions are in the field -- Sonny Lindner of Fairbanks, who won the inaugural Yukon Quest in 1984; John Schandelmeier, who won the race in 1992 and 1996, and Frank Turner, who won in 1995.
Twenty-two veterans and 10 rookies currently signed for the race. Twenty-three mushers are from Alaska, five are from the Yukon Territory, three from the Lower 48 and one from Germany.
The field for the 2001 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, meantime, has climbed to 64 mushers with the addition of Thomas Tetz from Carcross, Yukon Territory.
Tetz finished behind Aliy Zirkle of Two Rivers in this year's Yukon Quest. Both mushers now are registered to run the Iditarod next year.
Other recent Iditarod entries include Palmer Sagoonick of Shaktoolik, Wally Robinson of Healy, Bruce Moroney of Chugiak and Buck Church from Christmas Valley, Ore.
The Iditarod, a 1,200-mile mushing marathon from Anchorage to Nome, starts March 3 in Anchorage.
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