For the fifth year in a row, HughesNet is helping to connect the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race in Alaska. Fans and personnel alike will stay connected to the action during the U.S. portion of the race.
Every February, the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race covers 1,000 miles between Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska. This race, which can take place during some of the most extreme winter weather conditions, typically lasts from 10 to 16 days and ends when the final team crosses the finish line. Founded in 1984, the race was created to mimic mail delivery dog sled routes from the turn of the century.
Each dog team consists of one human ‘musher’ and 14 canine athletes. With up to 50 dog teams in the race, organizers need quick and easy ways to communicate essential information at check points. Fans also want to connect with and follow their favorite teams. That’s where HughesNet comes in.
HughesNet Keeps the Race Connected
HughesNet returns as the official Communications Sponsor for the U.S. leg of the race in Alaska. Hughes provides the race with reliable, high-speed satellite Internet access at all the checkpoints in Alaska using its HughesNet Gen5 service. HughesNet is an essential piece in the operations of the race to effectively communicate weather updates, trail warnings, and other real-time information to make the race safer. In addition, it allows updated Yukon Quest results to be posted on its website and social media channels, keeping fans and media around the world informed in real time.
“On-going and reliable communications is such an integral part of the race, particularly with the increase in online audiences through the website and social media over the past few years,” said Marti Steury, Yukon Quest executive director – Alaska. “With thousands of followers on Facebook and millions of website visitors looking for as-it-happens updates and media following along the trail and requiring updates from afar, HughesNet’s services have become paramount in the operations of this race.”
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The company's experience in satellite Internet makes it the perfect Communications sponsor for the race. HughesNet brings the many benefits of high-speed satellite Internet to people and businesses no matter where they live or work—even in areas with slow or no high-speed options, such as Alaska. Race organizers work with HughesNet partner Will Johnson to set up the satellite terminals.
“For five years, HughesNet has been proud to bring connectivity to the Yukon Quest in Alaska,” said Peter Gulla, senior vice president of marketing, Hughes North America. “Our technology plays a key role in enhancing the safety of the race by providing reliable, real-time information over vast distances in extreme cold and other weather conditions. We look forward to helping all parties involved in the Yukon Quest stay in touch as well as keeping the world up to date during the race.”
The 35th Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race starts Saturday, February 3rd in Fairbanks, Alaska. For up-to-date information and news about the race, visit www.yukonquest.com.
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