The K300 sponsored Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race starts tomorrow at 11 a.m., has an eight-dog limit, and a $10,000 purse. Organizers marked the trail Thursday and are calling it challenging. Here are the route details:
The race trail starts at the golf ball on BIA road. According to the K300, the starting area is cramped and there may be a need to do a quick draw for a starting order; sort of a modified mass start with each team starting after the previous team leaves. The trail goes over the tundra for about 15 miles and then joins the tripod trail for about five miles. There is a loop at the end and then it returns to the golf ball. The first 15 miles is not a trail but instead is a route across the tundra. It is quite bumpy for racers but good for dogs with good footing. The tripod trail is icy in spots, quite smooth, and easy to follow. On the tundra, racers will have to watch the trail carefully because it is not very obvious in some places. It is marked mainly with pin flags. A snow machine will lead the teams the first few miles for safety reasons to keep all teams on the trail.
They say this is a challenging trail and racers who expect smooth fast trails on snow will be unhappy. It will be bumpy on the tundra and slick on the ice. Organizers say they have tried to avoid the ice as much as possible. Any team may remain attached to a snow go for a period of time for safety. Racers may wish to drag a track or use a larger sled than normal. They say making this trail was difficult, thus, no complaints are allowed.
Schouviller Wassillie of Akiachak won the race last year.
For more information, contact K300 Race Manager, Zach Fansler, at 545-3300.