Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race to survive

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2008

FAIRBANKS - Organizers of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race say they are forging ahead, even if they don't receive $20,000 in expected money from the city of Fairbanks.

Race officials say plans are proceeding for the 2009 race.

The city's discretionary funds committee on Thursday denied the Quest's application for bed tax funding because the document was turned in more than a month late.

Quest Alaska executive director Tania Simpson said the Quest will now ask that the Fairbanks City Council overturns the committee's decision.

The City Council meets Monday evening and race organizers plan to make their request during the public comment period.

If the City Council says no, organizers will look at other ways to generate revenue, Simpson said. The $20,000 makes up just 3.3 percent of the Quest's $600,000 total budget in Alaska, but it's a vital portion, according to Quest officials.

Despite the money woes, three mushers signed up on Friday's deadline.

Altogether, 39 mushers are set to vie for a portion of the $200,000 purse.

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