Yukon Quest Sponsorship

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The SKKY Hotel is proud to announce that it will be a sponsor the Yukon Quest in 2016.

It will be the first year of sponsorship for the SKKY Hotel. Everyone at the SKKY Hotel is excited for the opportunity to support this great race and everyone involved in making it happen. The SKKY Hotel looks forward to sponsoring the race in the coming February and in years to come.

For those unaware, the Yukon Quest is the dog-mushing race that alternates between going from Whitehorse to Fairbanks every year. In 2016, the race starts in Fairbanks, on Feburary 6th and will finish in Whitehorse between the 15-20th. 25 teams are currently registered to race their dog teams over the 1,000 mile course along the Yukon River.

It is quite the spectacle to see and we hope to see some of you staying with us in February to experience this great event!

From the Yukon Quest website:

The Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race gets its name from the “highway of the north,” which is the Yukon River and the historical winter land routes travelled by prospectors, adventurers and mail and supply carriers traveling between the gold fields of the Klondike and those in the Alaska interior.

ORIGINS OF THE YUKON QUEST

In 1983, four mushers sat at a table in the Bull’s Eye Saloon in Fairbanks, Alaska. The conversation turned to a discussion about a new sled dog race and “what-ifs”.

  • What if the race followed a historical trail?
  • What if it were an international sled dog race?
  • What if the race went a little longer?
  • What if it even went up the Yukon River?

As early as 1976, a Fairbanks to Whitehorse sled dog race had been talked of. But it wasn’t until this conversation between Roger Williams, Leroy Shank, Ron Rosser and William “Willy” Lipps that the Yukon Quest became more than an idea. The mushers named the race the “Yukon Quest” to commemorate the Yukon River, which was the historical highway of the north. The trail would trace the routes that the prospectors followed to reach the Klondike during the 1898 Gold Rush and from there to the Alaskan interior for subsequent gold rushes in the early years of the 1900s.

The first Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race tested both race logistics and the talents of all involved. Twenty-six teams left Fairbanks in 1984. During the next 16 days, 20 teams arrived in Whitehorse.  Six teams were forced to drop out along the way.

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