Hello DPSAY and Dog Lovers,
The season finale of the DPSAY Twister races at Muktuk Adventures was a great one; great weather, great trail, great food and great company. The temperature stayed nice and cool as the race was going on; all the while the sun lit the Takhini River to give racers a great view of its high banks. The trail was an out and back race with plenty of head on passing and tight groups of racers. Just as the participants of the Recreational Class were coming in, the temperature climbed the perfect amount to make lounging in the sun for the afternoon BBQ a delight.
Into the wild mushers Marine and Mathieu took home first and second place in the 10 mile sled event (We wonder who got to make up the teams?), while rookie racer Annika Wahlisch captured first in the 10 mile skijor category.
A big thank you to Manuela and the crew at Muktuk for hosting the event, feeding us and letting us take over their deck for the day. Thank you Mike Simon for another day of timing.
Prize Sponsors: Yukon Brewing, Yukon Quest
10 Mile Sled
- Marine Gastard 43.38
- Mathieu Renner 46.12
- Fabian Schmitz 54.26
- Nathaniel Hamlyn 58.13
- Cindy Hawkins 58.15
- Adam Robinson 60.64
- Erin Stevens 63.47
- Krys March 64.20
- Jonathan Alsberghe 81.02
10 mile Skijor
- Annika Wahlisch 46.38
- Claudia Wickert 58.05
- Jackie Taylor 61.45
- Lisa Kozakewich 65.48
6 Miles Recreational Participants
we have confirmed with Manuela, that the race trails will be on the river!
Registration will be at the lodge.
And because this is most likely the final race of this season, and it looks like it will be a beautiful day, we decided we will fire up the BBQ and have an
“End of the Season” – POTLUCK BBQ
So bring something for the BBQ, snacks and/or side dishes to share.
See you Sunday!
Winter is still here, lets make good use of it! Come on out to another DPSAY Twister Race on March 19th at Muktuk Kennels!
Thanks for hosting and opening up your trails, Manuela, Jeff and crew!
Winter might stick around a little longer this year. Wouldn’t that be great!!
When: Sunday, March 19th, 2017
Where: at Muktuk Adventures
Registration starts at 10 am
Musher meeting at 10:30 am
Race Start shortly after
10 miles: 6-8 dogs Sleds, 2-4 dogs Skijoring
Recreational 5 km: 2-4 dogs Sled, 1-2 dogs Skijoring, Fat Bikes, Kick sleds etc welcome!
Kids Dash – free and just for fun!! DPSAY will help with a dog and a sled, if you don’t have any. CHILDREN MUST WEAR A HELMET!!
The longer distance category is the competitive race, where timing and placing applies.This category is recommended for experienced mushers/skiers and experienced dogs!
The shorter distance is the RECREATIONAL category. We will focus on a non-competitive approach, which means NO TIMING and NO PLACING applies. The focus is on trying a new sport with your dog (any breed!!), practicing, meeting new dog lovers and having fun without worrying about competitive dogs and mushers/skiers! (We only keep track of times for your personal interest)
$10 – for DPSAY Members per race
$15 – for Non-Members per race
Membership: $15 for Individuals, $25 for Kennels/Families
Temperature Cut-off: -30 Degrees Celsius (at the time of race start)
See you there!
|Pos||Name||Finish Time||Leg 1||Leg 2||Overall Time|
|80 Mile Skijoring|
|80 Mile Sled|
After a tough run through quite a bit of soft snow all teams made it to the Fish Lake Checkpoint at Sky High Wilderness Ranch. Here are the in-times (the second time in brackets are the earliest possible times out after serving the mandatory layover including the start time differential):
- Marine Gastard (11) 18:22 (23:24)
- Martine Lelevier (9) 18:23 (23:29)
- Nathaniel Hamlyn (5) 18:28 (23:42)
- Gerry Willomitzer (6) 18:31 (23:43)
- Kristina Disney (2) 18:42 (00:02)
- J.F. Bisson (7) 18:52 (00:02)
- Magnus Kaltenborn (3) 18:55 (00:13)
- Jean-Marc Champeval (8) 18:56 (00:04)
- Steve Gibbons (4) 19:04 (00:20)
- Cynthia Corriveau (1 – Skijor) 19:28 (00:28)
- Amelie Janin (10) 19:56 (01:00)
- Krys March (12) 21:06 (02:06)
After considering all trail options the Granger Grind Race Committee has decided to alter the announced trail route for the race this coming weekend (Feb 25th/26th). Due to trail conditions we had to reroute parts of the trail which resulted in a shortened route to avoid some steep downhills with minimal snow cover. On the positive side the current race trail is in a great shape and will guarantee a fun race!
The race route will now go from Lorne Mountain Community Centre, over McConnell Lake, up Alligator Lake trail, over Friday Creek to Coal Lake and then down via Fish Lake to the Sky High Checkpoint. The return route will be the same. The distance will be 40 miles each leg. To not interfere with Sky High Wilderness Ranch’s touring business the race will start 1/2 hrs later at 2pm. Musher’s meeting at 11.30AM. For more information on the race please visit our blog: https://dpsay.wordpress.com/mid-distance-race/.
As the distances changed, we will reopen registration and there will be no late entry fee. Teams can sign up until the musher’s meeting on Saturday Feb 25th 11.30AM at the Lorne Mountain Community Centre.
Up until now we have a total purse of $2400 (and going up with every new entry) – which will be paid out to the first ten sled teams and the first three skijor teams respectively.
A big thanks to our sponsors Lotteries Yukon, Sky High Wilderness Ranch, Muktuk Adventures, The Feed Store, Yukon Yamaha, Icy Waters and Yukon Brewing.
See you on Saturday,
The Granger Grind Race Committee
The Dog Powered Sports Association of Yukon is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its annual mid-distance race. This year’s race will see an exciting change in location from the Dawson Overland Trail to the beautiful trail network that encompasses Mount Granger and the Fish Lake area.
The 110 mile race (approximately) will start at the Lorne Mountain Community Centre, run up the Alligator Lake trail, cut around Mount Granger and take a mandatory 5 hour break at Sky High Wilderness Ranch. After the layover the race trail will follow a slightly different route before meeting back up with the Alligator Lake trail and ending back at the community center. (A more detailed description of the route will be available in the near future.)
Start time: February 25th 1:30 pm at the Lorne Mountain Community Centre
Musher’s Meeting: February 25th 11 am at the Lorne Mountain Community Centre
Finishers Banquet: February 26th 1 pm at the Lorne Mountain Community Centre
Categories and Entry Fees
110 mile sled: $120
110 mile skijor: $120
50 mile skijor: $60
(must be a DPSAY member……$15 for individual $25 for kennel membership)
Registration will open Monday Jan 30th, 2017. For race rules and details on how to register please check our blog https://dpsay.wordpress.com/mid-distance-race/.
Volunteers are still needed at the start line and check point. Feel free to do both.
Thank you for everyone for coming out and sharing the passion.
Thank you very much WHITEHORSE BEVERAGES and The REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE for helping with the snacks and drinks.
Thank you Yukon Quest International, Yukon Dog Mushers Association, Predators Dog Puller Sport Athletic League and
Canines and Company for joining our event and sharing your love for dogs with the crowd.
(photo: Adam, DPSAY board member, introducing DPSAY to the visitors)