WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory -- The number of mushers set to run the 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race has reached 30 with the recent entry of five rookies and one veteran, Carrie Farr of Nenana, who finished eighth last year.
Farr was the top woman finisher last year in her second running of the Yukon Quest, a 1,000-mile-plus race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse. In odd years, the Yukon Quest runs the route in reverse, starting in Whitehorse and finishing in Fairbanks.
Another entrant new to the Quest is veteran long-distance musher Diana Moroney of Chugiak. Moroney has finished the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race twice, most recently in 2000, when she finished 31st.
Also added recently to the list of entrants for the 2002 Quest is Andreas Keller of Switzerland, along with Shannon Brockma of Nenana and Jamie Nelson of Minnesota. Nelson is another two-time Iditarod finisher. Dan Kaduce of Fairbanks has also signed up.
Among those who entered the race when signups began last summer are 1995 winner Frank Turner of Whitehorse, William Kleedehn of Carcross, Yukon, Jack Berry of Salcha, Joran Freeman of Two Rivers, Larry Carroll of Willow and Suzan Amundsen of Two Rivers.
Deborah Bicknell of Juneau, who won the race's Red Lantern Award in 2000, is also entered in the 2002 Yukon Quest. The Red Lantern Award is given to the last finisher in the race.
Mushers have until Dec. 15 to submit their entries. The field is limited to 50.
The 2002 Quest starts Feb. 9 in Fairbanks. The Quest offers a $125,000 purse with the winner taking home $30,000.
Thirty-one teams started the 2001 race, and 19 finished.