1998 Open North American
The 1998 Open
North American Championship race was unusual in many respects: warm weather
forced the race from 2nd Avenue to the
track; for the first time in ONAC history the third heat was shortened from 30 miles to 20
miles; and for the first time ever the winner came from outside of North America.
Race fans also got a
glimpse of the impressive pointer crosses developed in Sweden. Many experienced mushers
believe these hounds will be the next wave of winning sled dogs. Rumor has it that Egil Ellis plans to return to Fairbanks next fall to train
and race on the legendary Fairbanks trails.
A special "thank
you" to Lisa B. Fallgren Stevens for providing these photos .
The Winner Is...
Michi Konno, Winner of the 1998 Open North American Championships with team
owner, Joee Redington, Jr. Michi, from Sapporo, Japan, is the first musher from outside of
North America to win the ONAC.
Curtis Erhart being interviewed by News Miner reporter/Quest
musher, Tim Mowry, right after falling to 2nd place in the 1998 ONAC by 8 seconds.
16 year old Buddy Streeper and Dad, Terry Streeper. Buddy finished 3rd in the
ONAC--a remarkable accomplishment for a 16 year old!
Reynolds checking the temperature of one of Egil Ellis'
dogs after a 20 mile run in unseasonably warm ONAC temperatures.
|Egil Ellis of Sweden finished 5th, missing 4th place by a
mere 1/10th of a second.
pointer crosses (pictured above) created quite a stir--they turned in the 4th fastest time
on Sunday, with only 7 dogs on the line.
Egil's Sled Dog Central
1 - Part 2
inside Egil's kennel
North American Race History | 1998 ONAC Results
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