Last year, Kaiser finished 13th, Williams took 23rd, and Diehl finished in 35th place.
The entry fee is $3,000 dollars. Williams won the money back in a drawing at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic, also held Saturday.
Mushers expect to pay about $25,000 just to get to the starting line. They rely on sponsorships to help them make ends meet.
Fifty-two mushers have signed up for the race. Organizers expect 15 to 20 more teams to join the field before the November 29 deadline.