Fun Races

Fun Race #1

By Don Kiely, Race Director

It took several tries in the face of poor trail conditions and frigid temperatures, but we finally were able to have Fun Race #1 at Creamer’s Field. The forecast the day before called for highs in the 0 to 15 above range, but Fairbanks awoke this morning to temperatures in the low 30s, rising to almost 40 during the races. And a chilly wind, to boot. Egads! Nevertheless, we had a great turnout and everyone seems to have had a great time! We even had several first time skijor racers, all of whom crossed the finish line with a big smile.

A big thanks to the volunteers who made the race happen: Don Kiely, race director; Andy Warwick and Eleanor Wertz, timers; Matt Sprau, timing board and handler.

Alaska Skijor and Pulk Association
Fun Race #1
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Creamer’s Field
Bib # Skijorer Dogs Time Place
3.6 miles, 3 dogs
1 Sara Elzey Dylan, Katrina, Daria 11:34 1
3.6 miles, 2 dogs
10 Greg Jurek Che, Rib 11:59 1
2 Amanda Byrd Clara Anya 12:34 2
7 Christina Turman Sparky, Nickie 13:00 3
9 Emilie Entrikin Licorice, Reka 13:03 4
8 Jake Turman Frank, Miriam 13:19 5
5 Nina Ruckhaus Rolo, Sasha 14:56 6
4 Erin Trochim Itty, Tarsis 15:44 7
3.6 miles, 1 dog
11 Bruce Miller Roy 14:34 1
14 Jesse Warwick Joba 15:46 2
13 Gail Davidson Cocoa 20:14 3
3 Kimberlee Beckmen Iris 21:18 4
12 Mike Ruckhaus Sam 21:19 5
15 Trish Gallagher Aeden 27:16 6
2.7 miles, 3 dogs
23 Sara Elzey Faero, Kate, Lucy 10:51 1
Andy Warwick Zip, Licorice, Boots 11:48 2
2.7 miles, 2 dogs
6 Dale Griffen Zammie, Koho 16:53 1
20 Amanda Byrd Jolene, Sabrina 19:00 2
2.7 miles, 1 dog
16 Sunnifa Deehr Chipper 12:53 1
1.4 miles, 1 dog
21 Kimberlee Beckmen Lily 7:13 1
22 Amanda Byrd Rupert 7:18 2
1/2 mile, 1 dog
17 Paula Ruckhaus Sasha 2:13 1
19 Mike Ruckhaus Tracker 3:40 2
18 Petra Uotila Helio 10:00 3

 Fun Race #2

By Sunnifa Deehr, Race Director

Twenty-five teams turned out for ASPA’s annual evening Fun Race #2 Wednesday night at Creamer’s Field. The trails were well groomed, the sun was shining and temperatures were warm. Sara Elzey and Kim Tinker ran the 3.6, 3-dog with times of 12:05 and 12:49 respectively. The 2-dog, 3.6 mile class was a tight race between 4 teams, but Michael Sheriff (Taiga and Clyde) nosed out the others with a time of 12:21. Bruce Miller and Roy trounced the competition in the 1-dog category running 3.6 miles in 13:21. Carol Kleckner, together with Jenny and Pixel, glided to victory in the 2.7 mile two-dog with a time of 9:53. The largest category was the 2.7 one-dog, won by Jim Herriges and Lena with a time of 12:14. The 1.4 1-dog and 2-dog were captured by Judith Levy and Sally (6:18), and Iris Sutton with puppies Enya and Lingon (5:17). Paula Ruckhaus with Sasha was the single half-mile entrant, running the upper field in 2:15.

A very big thank you to our tireless volunteers, Lisa Stuby, Sara Tabbert, Penny Parker, Chris Burrow, and Charles Deehr. All appreciated the special edible prizes provided by Tone Deehr.

Alaska Skijor and Pulk Association
Fun Race #2
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Creamer’s Field
Bib # Skijorer Dogs Time Place
3.6 mile, 3-dog
1 Sara Elzey Dylan, Daria, Kate 12:05 1
2 Kim Tinker Ikuma, Toa, Gola 12:49 2
3.6 mile, 2-dog
6 Michael Sheriff Taiga, Clyde 12:21 1
7 Jake Turman Nicky, Sparky 12:56 2
3 Andy Warwick Zip, Joba 13:03 3
4 Jamie Johnson Kiska, Wrangle 13:06 4
3.6 mile, 1-dog
10 Bruce Miller Roy 13:42 1
9 Nina Ruckhaus Sasha 14:46 2
8 Janna Miller Lilly 16:14 3
Lisa Stuby Killae 33:00 4
2.7 mile, 2-dog
11 Carol Kleckner Jenny, Pixel 9:53 1
14 Sunnifa Deehr Simon, Clyde 10:09 2
13 Sara Elzey Katrina, Avril 10:43 3
5 Judith Levy Sally, Boss 11:34 4
15 Jim Herriges Ole, Lilly 12:17 5
12 Erin Atwood Coho, Suka 20:29 6
2.7 mile, 1-dog
15 Jim Herriges Lena 12:14 1
21 Mara Bacsujlaky Tansy 12:39 2
19 Liz Kan Black Bart 14:03 3
20 Rebecca Gilbert Sharlee 14:33 4
17 Don Atwood Harley 15:13 5
16 Kathleen Boyle Tipi 16:10 6
18 Suzanne Burke Pepper 16:42 7
1.4 mile, 1-dog
24 Judith Levy Sally 6:18 1
25 Michael Sherriff Taiga 6:42 2
23 Jim Altherr Sopie 11:37 3
1.4 mile, 2-dog
26 Iris Sutton Enya, Lingon 5:17 1
.5 mile, 1-dog
22 Paula Ruckhaus Sasha 2:15 1

Fun Race #3 and Season Finale BBQ

By Andy Warwick, Race Director

Under clear skies, thirty-four teams participated in the Alaska Skijor and Pulk Association’s final race of the 2011-2012 season at the Alaska Dog Mushers Association trails on farmers Loop. Some of the skijorers had participated in the Saturday’s 50k Sonot Kaazoot, but showed no signs of wear. In the competitive 4 mile, one dog event, Jesse Warwick bested Bruce Miller by only four seconds. In the next largest field of race competitors, the 4 mile two dog race, Jamie Johnson edged out Emile Entrikin by fifteen seconds. Other class winners were Gail Davidson in the 6.2 mile one dog , Sara Tabbert in the 6.2 mile two dog, Greg Jurek in the 4 mile three dog, Sara Elzey in the 2 mile two dog and Kimberlee Beckmen in the 1 mile one dog event.

You can find a gallery of Bud Marschner’s photos of the races and BBQ here.

Alaska Skijor and Pulk Association
2012 Final Race of Season
Sunday, March 25, 2012
ADMA Mushing Trails
Bib # Skijorer Dogs Time Place
8 mile, two dog
Judith Levy Sally & Boss 36:08 1
8 mile, one dog
Janna Miller Lilly 48:30 1
6.2 mile, three dog
Sara Elzey Dylan, Daria, Kate 21:45 1
6.2 mile, two dogs
Sara Tabbert Pete, Rothko 25:18 1
Erin Trochim Itty, Tarsis 27:41 2
6.2 mile, one dog
Gail Davidson Cocoa 35:29 1
Lisa Stuby Killae 53:14 2
4 mile, three dog
Greg Jurek Che, Rib, Jet 12:40 1
Jake Turman Vicky, Sparky, Miriam 13:44 2
Sara Elzey Katrina, Lucy, Lira 13:45 3
4 mile, two dog
Jamie Johnson Wrangle, Kriska 13:54 1
Emilie Entrikin Licorice, Rika 14:09 2
Jim Herriges Lily, Ole 15:52 3
Carol Kleckner Shaman, Jenny 16:04 4
Lisa Allen Piper. Indy 16:10 5
Iris Sutton Enga, Grizley 17:24 6
4 mile, one dog
Jesse Warwick Joba 15:44 1
Bruce Miller Roy 15:48 2
Nina Ruckhaus Sasha 17:39 3
Mara Barsujlaky Tansy 18:14 4
Kimberlee Beckmen Iris 18:55 5
Brandon McGrath-Bernhard Dora 20:23 6
Ted Wu Ty 20:54 7
Kathleen Boyle Tipi 24:09 8
Trish Gallagher Aedan 24:21 9
Liz Kane Black Bart 25:17 10
Elisabeth Padilla Fox 25:28 11
2 mile two dog
Sara Elzey Taz, Avril 6:47 1
Iris Sutton Pluto, Cranberry 7:38 2
2 mile, one dog
Jamie Marschner Bree 11:09 1
1 mile, two dogs
Lisa Allen Pinyon, Senna 5:58 1
1 mile, one dog
Kimberlee Beckmen Gemma 4:33 1
Sara Elzey Ayla 5:55 2
Mike Ruckhaus Tracker 7:54 3
Jamie Marschner Kazan 9:13 4
Volunteers
Andy Warwick – Race Director
Pat DeRuyter – Starter and Registration
Lisa Stuby – Registration
Don Kiely – Timing
Paula Ruckhause – Dog handling
Penny Parker – Dog handling

LeMans Start, Top Five Finishers
(One dog only, no ski poles, mass start)

1. Nina Ruckhaus
2. Jamie Johnson
3. Bruce Miller
4. Jesse Warwick
5. Jim Herriges

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