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Dog Sled Races in the Yukon and Alaska, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and Yukon Quest Tours

Is it one of your dreams in life, to stand at the starting line of a real Mid Distance Race? Yukon Quest Finish Line

Yes, it's possible with Blue Kennels. If you have already collected some experience as a musher, like having your own dogs, or if you have previously joined one of our  dog sledding tours we offer you the participation in one of the many dogsled races in the north. A good and reasonable training is the major key for a successful dog sled racing team. Depending on the race you like to run you need to bring 4 or more weeks of time.

 

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What is the special thing about running a Dog Sled Race?

 

Other than in our " normal " dog sled tours, there is no guide running ahead. That sounds so easy, but you will be surprised. You have to beTeam beside totally self sufficient in the race and know how to run your team. The dogs have to listen to your voice commands, but also trust you. You have to learn the to do`s and the Dont´s of the trail etiquette.

 

I like to point out right from the beginning, that I believe that not everyone is cut out to run a race and I will openly discuss that with anybody interested. You need to be physically fit and also be able/willing to learn a lot of new information is a relatively short period of time. There is not only sunshine in the races, nor in the preparation time. It usually never goes as planned, which is part of the challenge to run a race. You need to be very open minded and to be able to adapt to new situations quickly. There are a lot of mental ups and downs while training and racing.

 

Once you reach the finish line, you can look back on weeks of great challenge and accomplishment. You will feel that you have achieved a lot and you will have developed a much deeper understanding of sled dogs.

 

Interested? Send me an e-mail please. info@bluekennels.de 

This short outline will give you an idea of what you will learn while training:

  • Running of a dogteam of 12 to 14 dogs on your own

  • Getting you team to listen to your voice commands, gee, haw, ready let`s go, whoa.... sounds easy eh, you`ll be surprised

  • You learn to develop a checkpoint routine, of what to do in which order when you arrive at a checkpoint

  • Proper feeding of a dog in race conditions. When to feed what? Snacking or not on the trail, at which distance?

  • Learning to " read " your dogs. Preventing injuries. Taking care of your dogs. This has highest priority. From use of different foot ointments, to massaging, use of wrist wraps and shoulder blankets. This is one of the most fun parts of racing, working with you dogs.

  • Dealing with the psychological challenges in race preparation as well as during the race. How to get mentally through the low during a race.

For mushers with their own teams: I offer to get your team well trained and race prepared:
  • Cabins with dog lot for lease

  • Dog Truck or dog trailer rent

  • Help with Food Drop preparation

  • Jointly training runs

  • Taking care of your dogs while

  • you are out racing and training.

  • Sharing of the information I know about the races I have run

  • additional dogs for your team

  • Help with Equipment, sled rent

Take the challenge and become a Dog Sled Racer with Blue Kennels Dog Sled College

 

Please contact us if you are interested in joining one of the below mentioned dog sled races

1. Sheep Mountain 150

3.week December, 12 dog race

http://www.sheepmountain.com/ 

Training time 4 weeks

Arrival 4.week November

Cost: $ 6000 for training, dog team lease, accommodation

 

Extra: Meals ( we buy jointly and cook jointly, aprox $ 100 week )Food-Food

Race Cost ( Gas for dog truck, Food Drop Material like Headlight Batteries, Booties, Runner plastic , Race entry fee, Hotel accommodation while at Race ) aprox $ 1500

Total Race Cost $ 8000

The Sheep Mountain is run in 3 heats of 50 miles in mountainous terrain. Each heat is separated by a 5 hr mandatory layover. Both layovers are at Eureka Lodge. The race course can be somewhat physically challenging with the run over Belanger Pass, which is done twice.

 

2. Knik 200

1.week january, 12 Dog Race

http://knik200.tripod.com/

Training time 4 weeks

Arrival 1.week December

Cost $ 6000 for training, dog team lease, accommodation 

 

Extra: Meals ( we buy jointly and cook jointly, aprox $ 100 week )Dogs at Cabin

Race Cost ( Gas for dog truck, Food Drop Material like Headlight Batteries, Booties, Runner plastic , Race entry fee, Hotel accommodation while at Race ) aprox $ 1500

Total Race Cost $ 8000

 

The Knik 200 is a relatively easy race, which follows the first part of the original Iditarod Trail from Knik via Susitna, Yentna und Skwentna River to the Skwentna Roadhouse, where there is a 6 hr mandatory layover. Although the trail is not challenging, wind and deep snow can be a factor this is also a qualifier for the Quest or Iditarod. 

 

3. GinGin200

 

Last week December

http://www.gingin200.com/

Training time 4 weeks

Arrival last week Novembr

Costs $ 6000 for training, dogteam lease and accommodation

Extra: Meals ( we buy jointly and cook jointly, aprox $ 100 week )

Race Cost ( Gas for Dogtruck, extra Handler,  Food Drop Material like Headlight Batteries, Booties, Runnerplastic , Race entry fee, Hotel accommodation while at Race ) aprox $ 1500

Total race cost $ 7900

4. Copper Basin 300

2.week January, 12 Dog Race
www.cb300.com/

Training Time 5 weeks

Arrival 2. week December

Cost $ 7400 for training, dog team lease, accommodation 

 

Extra: Meals ( we buy jointly and cook jointly, aprox $ 100 week )

Race Cost ( Gas for dog truck, Food Drop Material like Headlight Batteries, Booties, Runner plastic , Race entry fee, Hotel accommodation while at Race ) aprox $ 200

Total Race Cost $ 9900

 

The Copper Basin calls itself the toughest 300 Miles of Alaska, and that description fits pretty good. It offers a lot of different terrain, 5 checkpoints in which the rest of 20hrs can be scheduled by the muher. This is a great race to learn checkpoint routine as well as some strategicLeaving Checkpoint planning. It is a great qualifier for the Quest or Iditarod.

 

5. Yukon Quest 300

1.week February, 12 Dog Race

Qualifier for the Quest and Iditarod.
http://www.yukonquest.com/site/yq300main

Training Time 6 weeks

Arrival 1.week January

Cost $ 9000 for training, dog team lease, accommodation 

 

Extra: Meals ( we buy jointly and cook jointly, aprox $ 100 week )

Race Cost ( Gas for Dogtruck, extra Handler,  Food Drop Material like Headlight Batteries, Booties, Runnerplastic , Race entry fee, Hotel accommodation while at Race ) aprox $ 2700

Total Race Cost $ 12500

 

6. Percy de Wolfe 210 

Last week March, 100 or 200 Mls, 9 dogs

Training Time 4 weeks

Arrival last week February

http://www.thepercy.com/ 

Costs $ 6000 for training, dogteam lease and accommodation

Extra: Meals ( we buy jointly and cook jointly, aprox $ 100 week )

Race Cost ( Gas for Dogtruck, extra Handler,  Food Drop Material like Headlight Batteries, Booties, Runnerplastic , Race entry fee, Hotel accommodation while at Race ) aprox $ 1500

Total race cost $ 7900

 

 

This Blue Kennels guests have successfully  participated in many  dog sled races: All Dog Sled Races and Results where Sebastian Schnuelle participated:

1998 Roland Waldispühl, Henry Hahn 200, 13. Place
2000 Claus Scheiner ,Silver Sled 100 Mls, 5. Place
2001 Claus Scheiner, Yellowknife bei den Canadian Championships 150 Mls, 18. Place
2001 Andi Moser, Silver Sled 100 Mls 6. Place
2001 Denis Moser, Silver Sled 30 Mls 3. Place
( www.wambli.ch/husky/geschichten/100miles.php )
2001 Carbon Hill, 30 Mls, Katja Scheidegger, Ronald Bongartz
2002 Andi Moser, Copper Basin 300 Mls, 22. Place (www.wambli.ch/husky/geschichten/cb300.php )
2003 Bernd Langer , Sourdough Rendez Vous, 30 Mls , 6. Place (http://home.wtal.de/mtv1861/ (Reiseberichte)
2004 Katja Scheidegger, Percy de Wolfe 100 6. Place

Here is the report written by Katja'> 

2005 Kai Wohlgemuth, Sheep Mountain 150, 20. Place

2005 Roland Waldispühl, Copper Basin 300, 9. Place

2005 Katja Scheidegger, Silver Sled 100, 13. Place

2005 Katja Scheidegger, Percy the Wolfe, 14. Place

2005 Andi Moser , Sheep Mountain, 25. Place

2006 Andi Moser Knik 200, 27. Place

2006 Andi Moser Copper Basin 300, 15. Place

2006 Roland Waldispühl, Quest 300, 2. Place

2007 Andi Moser Gin Gin 200, 16. Place

2007 Roland Waldispühl, Quest 300, 2. Place

2007 Rudi Niggemeier, Sheep Mountain, 9. Place

2007 Rudi Niggemeier, Knik 200, 6. Place

2007 Rudi Niggemeier, Copper Basin, 8. Place

2007 Dave Treasure, Gin Gin 200, 17. Place

2007 Andrew Davis, Gin Gin 200, 10. Place

2008 Andi Moser Knik 200, 21. Place

2008 Andi Moser Copper Basin 300, 17. Place

2008 Andi Moser Yukon Quest, scratched

2008 Rudi Niggemeier, Quest 300, 2.Place

2008 Rudi Niggemeier, Iditarod 1000, 43. Place

2008 Laird Crow, Percy Junior, 10. Place

2008 Mark Sleightholme, Sheep Mountain 150, 34.Place

2008 Kris Boyer, Sheep Mountain 150, 42. Place

2008 Mark Sleightholme, Gin Gin 200, 12.Place

2008 Kris Boyer, Gin Gin 200, 14.Place

2008 Rick Casillo, Gin Gin 200, 11.Place

2009 Mark Sleightholme, Knik 200, 24.Place

2009 MarkSleightholme, CB 300, 18.Place

2009 Mark Sleightholme, Percy de Wolfe, 11.Place

2010 Andi Moser, Sheep Moutain, 29.Olace

2010 John Welch, Sheep Mountain, 27.Place

2010 Andi Moser, GinGin 200, 7.Place

2011 Nathan McNee, YQ300, 8.Place

2011 Rolf Meili, YQ300, 11.Place

2011 Andreas Moser, CB300, 25.Place

 

http://www.yellowknifedogderby.com/   150 Mls  

Participation 2001, 7. Place

www.cb300.com Copper Basin 300 Mls
Participation 2002, 13. Place

Participation 2004, 6. Place

Participation 2005, 7. Place

Participation 2006, 8. Place

Participation 2007, 2. Place, Sportsmanship Award

Participation 2008, 7. Place, Sportsmanship Award

Participation 2009, 12.Place

Participation 2011, 15.Place
http://www.silversled.ca/  ca. 100 Mls

Participation 2000, 3. Place

Participation 2001, 2. Place

Participation 2002  6. Place

Participation 2003, 2. Place

Participation 2004, 6. Place

www.Thepercy.com 200 Mls

Participation 1998, 14. Place

Participation 2003, 10. Place

Participation 2004,  6. Place (Percy Junior)

Participation 2009,  9.Place

www.sheepmountain.com  150 Mls

Participation 2004, 6. Place

Participation 2005, 2. Place

Participation 2006, 4. Place

Participation 2008, 7.Place

Participation 2010, 6.Place

www.yukonrendezvous.com (30 Mls)

Participation 1999,  3. Place

Participation 2001,  3. Place

Participation 2002,  4. Place

Participation 2003,  2. Place

http://knik200.tripod.com/ 200 Mls

Participation 2006, 12. Place

Participation 2007 3. Place

Participation 2007 20. Place (Laird Crow, Doghandler)

Participation 2008, 7. Place

www.sleddogcentral.com/results04/alaska/ denali_dash.htm

Participation 2004 4. Place (Vets Choice Award)

www.trdma.org/solstice%20100.html 100 Mls

Participation 2003 > 11. Place

Great Slave Race Nov. 2003 200 Mls

Participation 2003 1. Place

www.yukonquest.com 1000 Mls

Participation 1999,  scratched

Participation 2004,  10.Place

Participation 2005,  9. Place

Participation 2006,  6. Place

Participation 2007,  7. Place, Sportsmanship Award, Vet Choice Award

Participation 2009,  1.Place w/ best time 9d23h20m

Participation 2011, 2.Place

http://www.iditarod.com 1000 Mls

Participation  2005,  38.Place

Participation 2006,   35.Place

Participation 2007,  22. Place

Participation 2008,  10. Place

Participation 2009,    2.Place 

Participation 2010,    7.Place + Humanitarian Award

Participation 2011,    6.Place

http://dogsleddenali.com/2007GinGin200RaceUpdates.html

Participation  2007, 5. Place

Participation  2010, 4 .Place

www.k300.org

Participation 2008, 9. Place

Participation 2011, 12.Place

http://web.mac.com/kobuk440/Site/Kobuk_440.html

Participation 2008, 7. Place, Vets Choice Award

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