ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The final deadline to enter the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest sled dog race passed late last week, but not before a major eleventh-hour entry. 2009 champion Sebastian Schnuelle has signed up for the race despite indications that he would retire from the sport.
Schnuelle, who has finished in the top 10 in each of his six Yukon Quest appearances and also has a runner-up finish in the Iditarod to his credt, will be running Gerry Willomitzer's dogs in the race. Schnuelle came in second in last year's race, finishing less than an hour behind Dallas Seavey.
The Yukon Quest begins Saturday February 4th in Fairbanks and will finish in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. In addition to Schnuelle, two other former champions are in the field of 28 mushers. 1984 winner Sonny Lindner and four-time champion Lance Mackey are also running this year.