John Hanson Jr. at his dog yard in New Stuyahok - Bristol Bay, Alaska, USA
New Stuyahok musher, John Hanson Jr., won the sled dog sprint race in Russian Mission this weekend. Eight mushers ran three 18-mile heats over the course of the three-day race sponsored by the Russian Mission Musher’s Club. This is Hanson’s first time to take top honors.
“I had nice runs, and the dogs were performing well. I’m happy for my dogs finishing strong,” said Hanson. “This is my first time winning a race. For how many years, I’ve been traveling for dog races and been coming in second place, third place. First time finally got to first place.”
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Colby Spears follows his team to the finish line in the 2017 Junior Iditarod. Introducted to the sport less than six months before, Spears finished as the runner-up in the race in February. - Wasilla, Alaska. USA
In many ways, Colby Spears is much like the typical Valley kid. Spears is into hunting, fishing and riding dirt bikes. But late last month, Spears accomplished something that most his age can only dream of.
Spears, 14, finished the 150-mile Junior Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Spears was one of a dozen teenagers, ages 14 to 17, to do it. But Spears managed to not just finish, but place second overall in the first race of his career. Spears, who has been mushing for less than six months, had never even been to an event before placing second in the...View Full Article
Roxy Wright did it again.
The 66-year-old dog driver from Fairbanks solidified her status as the season's best sprint musher Sunday by winning the Open North American Championship in Fairbanks.
The victory gives Wright, who is racing again after an absence of more than 20 years, a sweep of the sport's two major championships – something she last did in 1993. Last month, she made a triumphant return to Anchorage's Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship to collect her fourth title there.
"It's been like a fairytale, winning the Rendezvous and then North American again," Wright told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner....View Full Article
In a record-shattering Iditarod, the biggest applause at Sunday's awards banquet in Nome didn't go to the fastest musher, Mitch Seavey, but to a 40-year-old racer from Fairbanks who grew up on a Montana cattle ranch.
Jessie Royer took home both the Most Inspirational and the coveted Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian awards for her efforts in bringing all 16 dogs who started in Fairbanks to the Nome finish line.
Though Royer isn't the first to accomplish that feat, her fifth-place finish — just five minutes off the previous race record — with a full string of animals is unequaled.
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