- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The winnings in the 2015 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race will be increased by more than $12,000 from the purse in this year’s race.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/ST3d7i) reports next year’s race will have a purse of at least $127,110.

This year’s total purse was $115,000, but $12,110 was not claimed because fewer than 15 teams completed the 1,000-mile race.

The unclaimed money is being added to next year’s purse.

The record high purse was $150,000 in 2012. That’s before sponsorship and donation problems contributed to the recent dip.

The race alternates starts yearly between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Next year’s race starts Feb. 7 in Whitehorse.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com