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FIFTEEN REMAIN – Three mushers have dropped from the 2020 Yukon Quest 1,000-mile race leaving 15 teams. It is the lowest number of teams in the race
FIFTEEN REMAIN – Three mushers have dropped from the 2020 Yukon Quest 1,000-mile race leaving 15 teams. It is the lowest number of teams in the race's history. Photo by John Tonin. - Fairbanks, Alaska
Three mushers drop from Yukon Quest, 15 remain.

Only 15 mushers remain in contention for the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race. As announced on the Yukon Quest Twitter feed, veteran Matthew Failor and twin rookies Lori and Louve Tweddell have withdrawn from the race.

Failor withdrew for personal reasons, according to Quest personnel. Lori and Louve did not meet the qualifications to be eligible for the 1,000-mile race.

As per the Yukon Quest rules under conditions of entry: "Mushers must have a demonstrated ability to complete a long-distance sled dog race."

The rules continue to state that "rookie mushers must complete a 300 mile YQI (Yukon Quest International) sanctioned race and one other YQI sanctioned race of at least 200 miles (500 miles minimum)"

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