UAF West Ridge Skijor Race

By Brian Charlton, Race Director

Despite temperatures well below zero, 22 skijorers and 29 dogs showed up to race the annual ASPA West Ridge Skijor Race on the University of Alaska Fairbanks trails.  A new reroute on the Big Whizzy Loop took the one to three dog teams on some thrilling hills.  The most popular event was the 4.5 mile one dog event.  UAF skier Wyatt Mayo, with Sasha Fierce, won in 17:44 followed by Jamie Johnson and Bode in 18:49.  The 4.5 mile 2/3 dog race was won by Sara Elzey with Faero, Kate, and Rupert, with the fastest time of the day in 17:13.  Second place was Michael Sheriff with Taiga and Clyde in 18:22.  The longest race of the day was 9 miles with both participants fielding one dog.  Bruce Miller and Roy sped through the course in 41:25 followed by Shawna Henderson and Penny in 54:32.  The one mile beginner race featured 10 year old Gentry Johnson and Wrangle in 3:57, four seconds faster than second place Stephanie Maggard with Gunner and Tundra in 4:01.

2013 ASPA WEST RIDGE SKIJOR RACE   FEBRUARY 16, 2013
     
1 Mile Beginner’s Race    
Racer Dogs Time
1.  Gentry Johnson Wrangle 3.52
2. Stephanie Maggard Gunner, Tundra 4.01
3. Emma Charlton Clyde 5.06
3 Mile 1 dog
Kathleen Boyle Tipi 17.48
4.5 Mile 1 Dog
Racer Dogs Time
1. Wyatt Mayo Sasha Fierce 17.44
2. Jamie Johnson Bode 18.49
3. Theresa Heckart Oscar 19.57
4. Ted Wu Ty 23.26
5. Lisa Allen Indy 23.49
6. Janna Miller Lilly 24.08
7. Mara Bacsujlaky Tansy 27.06
8. Nina Ruckhaus Waylon 29.51
9. Erin Trochim Onion 40.02
10. Lisa Stuby Killae 42.57
4.5 Mile 2/3 Dog
1. Sara Elzey Faero, Kate, Rupert 17.13
2. Michael Sheriff Clyde, Taiga 18.22
3. Lisa Baraff Yukon, Baloo 19.54
4. Mason Little Otter, Crazy 20.51
5. Iris Sutton Juneau, Raspberry 21.55
6. Alice Stickney Ullr, Raven 24.51
9 Mile 1 Dog
1. Bruce Miller Roy 41.25
2. Shawna Henderson Penny 54.32

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