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 ADMA race 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 .
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