A new event for mushers participating in three different races

It’s time again to wax the sled skis and get the dogs and family ready for the 16th Annual Wilderness Classic Sled Dog Derby in Elkford.

  • Jan. 17, 2012 9:00 a.m.

It’s time again to wax the sled skis and get the dogs and family ready for the 16th Annual Wilderness Classic Sled Dog Derby in Elkford.

There is plenty to do for the entire crew at this year’s event and new this season is the introduction of the EDK Musher Challenge.

The Wilderness Classic Sled Dog Derby (Elkford), Rosebud Run Sleddog Classic (Didsbury) and Bootleg Sleddog Races (Kimberley) have teamed up to create a musher challenge based entirely on participation in all three races. This unprecedented initiative is designed to recognize and potentially reward mushers who make the effort to attend and compete in all three races. Placing at each of the races is not a factor in this initiative, only the fact that a musher competes in and completes any class being offered at each of the hosting events.

There will be three prize packages up for grabs, one from each of the hosting organizations. Winners will be determined by the random draw of names from a field of eligible mushers at the event being held last on the race calendar. If all races are held on schedule, the winners will be drawn at the Bootleg Sleddog Races in Kimberley. Details on the prize packages will appear here once they have been established.

To be eligible for the draw, all a musher has to do is compete in and complete a class, obtaining a final time, at each of the three races. All mushers competing in and completing at least one class in each of the three races will be automatically entered into the draw. Race times nor final placings will have any bearing on eligibility for the EDK Musher Challenge.