Yukon Quest is a sled dog race that takes places every February. Mushers compete for the grand prize of $200 000. Usually this prize money is also suplemented by some amount of real gold (gold coins, or brick of gold etc.)
The race is 1000 miles long and has many international attendees.. It starts in Whitehorse, Yukon and finishes in Fairbanks, Alaska or vice versa. The direction of the race alternates each year. Mushers take 10 to 14 days to complete the race. High percentage of racers do not finish. Air rescues are not uncommon because of the remoteness of the area and extreme weather.
Other photos of dogs and mushers, both from me and from other photographers, can be seen at the The Yukon Quest pool.