Outgoing President’s Report – Gene Ennis
The 2009-2010 Dog powered sports season has been very busy for the Board – whom I would like to introduce: VP Jon Lucas, Secretary Megan Ennis, Treasurer Simi Morrison, Laura Jane Lucas, Stacie Zaychuk, Heather Desmarais, and Chair of RR100 Race Committee Sue Stephenson.
In September 2009 DPSAY hosted a one day “Dog Powered Sports Symposium” at the Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre here in Whitehorse. With well attended speaker seesions from: world famous long distance mushers on a Q&A panel; Vet John Overall from Dawson; several prestigious local skijorers and freight pull enthusiasts; and very well received presentations from the Whitehorse Woofers, Dog Agility, Schutzhund, and Dog Carting groups of Whitehorse.
During December the Copper Haul Twister (CHT) organisation amalgamated with DPSAY. DPSAY is now responsible for organising the Yukon Brewing CHT League of winter race, as well as the Summer dryland Hot Hounds races and winter fun Poker Run. The amalgamation allowed DPSAY to purchase insurance for all the events from Jan 2010 to Jan 2011, and also generated revenues by promoting DPSAY memberships. This season has seen membership rise from 35 to 66.
The previous AGM at the close of the 2008-9 season saw the membership indicate they wanted the short races to continue and to have a local100 mile race organised. In May 2009 the Road Runner Race Committee was formed and planning began. In summer several truck + quad bike reconnaisance trips were undertaken from Whitehorse along the Alaska Highway in towards Haines Junction to scout potential trails. By November, after much plotting and mapping, the route you an this year was finally decided upon. Affilaited at the start line only with Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, the DPSAY Road Runner 100 sled/skijor race ran from Whitehorse to the Aishihik River Bridge at Canyon (98 miles) on Feb 27-28th with 18 sled and 3 skijor teams. Participants came from Dawson, Alaska, and Whitehorse; experiencd Quest mushers, and rookies to mid-distance races.
All the events have taken thousands of volunteer hours, and the key to their continuing success is the volunteers.