Over the past weekend the Alaska Dog Mushers Assoc in Fairbanks hosted the Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race. This is three day sprint race attacting entries from all over Alaska and international competitors from Canada. On the first two days the teams race a 19.8 mile circuit and on the final day the route is 26.9 miles.
L-R: Aliy (middle, standing) helps with split timing at one of the checkpoints; sprint team sprints by
Aliy and Allen went along to watch and even helped with the timing crew! It was great to see different kind of racing; Boy, do those dogs go FAST! Allen's mushing roots are in sprint racing but Aliy has not had the opportunity to ever see this race because she has often still been in Nome after the Iditarod. The timing of the races this year made it possible to go see it.
L-R: Start line, sprinting through the field
Congrats to Salcha's Arleigh Reynolds who successfully defended his championship title.