Four months ahead of its annual race, the Yukon Quest is searching for a new executive director of its Whitehorse staff. 

After three and a half years on the job, Natalie Haltrich has stepped down as the head of the Whitehorse side of the race. The race has two staffs: one in Whitehorse and one in Fairbanks. 

The organization issued a statement, but no reason was given for her departure. Haltrich worked her way up to the position beginning as a volunteer.

“This has been one of the best professional experiences I could have come in to at this point in my life,” Haltrich said on the race's website. “I’ve always felt supported by a great team and have been given the opportunity to be creative to overcome challenges and make a difference. All said, it’s been amazing and I know I’m leaving the race and organization in good hands with everyone involved.”

Haltrich said in an interview that she's taking an new job but staying in Whitehorse.

“Nov. 30 is my last official day in this chair, but I am in Whitehorse and I committed to the mushers, partners, sponsors and Yukoners to help deliver a great race," she said.

Under her leadership, the race has blossomed.

“We’ve certainly been a on great roll the last three and a half years and I’m leaving it in a better situation than how I inherited it. I’m hoping that the folks that replace can just keep building.”

Though she says followers of the Yukon Quest are like to still see her around for a while.

“It might be more unofficially and popping in some evenings and weekends. But you know, as I always say, I can do anything for a few months.“

The 2019 event will begin in Whitehorse on February 2.