Joe May named Yukon Quest race marshal

The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race announced the appointment of Joe May, of Trapper Creek, Alaska, as the 2008 race marshal this week.

The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race announced the appointment of Joe May, of Trapper Creek, Alaska, as the 2008 race marshal this week.

May replaces David Monson, who was appointed as race marshal earlier this year but was unable to fulfill the role for the 2008 Quest.

May is a two-time Yukon Quest race veteran; he finished ninth in both the 1985 and ’86 races.

He also served several times as a race judge and assisted as a volunteer.

May also completed four Iditarods. He won in 1980.

The race marshal is in charge of all aspects of the race, which starts February 9, 2008, in Fairbanks, Alaska. He specifically ensures that all race rules are followed. Race judges on the trail act as deputies of the marshal.

“It is very unfortunate that Mr. Monson will not be able to be our 2008 Race Marshal, but we deeply appreciate his support and enthusiasm towards the Yukon Quest and we hope to see him enjoying the race this year,” said Tania Simpson, managing director of the Yukon Quest (Alaska), said from Fairbanks.

“We are delighted that Joe May is on board and we are looking forward to having him along the trail with us as the 2008 Yukon Quest Race Marshal.”

2008 marks the 25th Running of the Yukon Quest.

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