Former Yukon Quest champion John Schandelmeier
has accepted the position of Alaska Trail Coordinator for the 2010 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race which starts February 6th, 2010 in Fairbanks.
This will be his
second year as Trail Coordinator and his
expertise has greatly improved the trail.
The priority of the Yukon Quest
for 2010 was to maintain consistency and bring back experienced personnel.
"I just can't pass up the chance to have an easy time on the Quest trail," said Schandelmeier
"All of the personnel and infrastructure are already in place from last season; the Yukon is freezing smooth and we have some early base snow.
2010 will be a good test of the things I learned while dealing with last year's trail."
has been around the Yukon Quest
for more than 20 years running his
first Yukon Quest in 1986.
was the Yukon Quest Champion in 1992 and 1996, was awarded the coveted Veterinarians' Choice Award in 1994 and 1996 and was voted by his
fellow mushers to win the Sportsmanship Award in both 1997 and 2003.
has run the race 16 times and is the only musher who has started more than 10 times and never scratched.