dog mushing

Trio Makes CB 300 History

Jan 17, 2017
Donna Russell-Swope / CB 300

Mushing history was made last night in the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race, as women took the top 3 spots in the season’s first big distance challenge. Two River's Ryne Olson won, followed by Paige Drobny of Ester and Michelle Phillips of Carcross,Yukon. KUAC’s Molly Rettig reports.

CB 300 Kicks Off Mushing Season

Jan 13, 2017
Copper Basin 300

The season’s first test for distance mushers is happening this weekend. KUAC’s Molly Rettig has a preview of the Copper Basin 300.

An international team of explorers returned last week from a grueling 700-mile dog-sled journey from the Arctic Ocean to Eagle, Alaska. They were the first to re-trace the route that legendary explorer Roald Amundsen took in 1905 after his historic transit of the Northwest Passage.

Dan Bross / KUAC

Alaska Native dog mushing great George Attla (AT-la) has died. The sprint champion known as “The Huslia (HOO-lee-a) Hustler” died of cancer Sunday at an Anchorage hospital at the age of 81. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, Attla’s impact spanned from success racing to helping village kids connect with dog mushing.

Noble Paws

Feb 14, 2014
Noble Paws

Dog mushing is Alaska’s official state sport, but not everyone can just jump on a sled and go. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports on a new Fairbanks non-profit organization aimed at getting people with disabilities out mushing.

2014 Yukon Quest Set to Start Despite Warm Weather

Jan 27, 2014

Fairbanks, AK - Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Officials are keeping a close eye on the weather and trail conditions as they prepare for the starts of the 1000 mile race this Saturday. 

With temperatures well above normal and not much snow in the forecast, there’s been plenty of speculation about trail conditions for the upcoming Yukon Quest.  In a statement on the race organization’s website Race Marshal Doug Grilliot says “There have been absolutely no discussions to cancel or delay the race. Nor are any planned. The race will start on February 1st.”

Front Runners Pick Up the Pace

Feb 4, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Pelly Crossing, YK - Yukon Quest mushers are picking up the pace and reedvaluating the race strategies on their way into Dawson.  Three of the teams running in the top five blew through Pelly Crossing as the race intensifies.

Back For More After Nearly a Decade Away

Feb 1, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Whitehorse, YK - This year’s Yukon Quest roster is dominated by veterans, but some of them haven’t run the race since the mid- 1990’s.  They say they're feeling like experienced rookies, but they all have a reason to finish.

The Quest in the Classroom

Jan 30, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - Mushers and race organizers on the Yukon Quest need to know how to read maps, measure distance and time.  They also need to know how to communicate well.  Those are all reasons why some teachers in Alaska use the race as a teaching tool this time of year.  One fourth grade class in Fairbanks is gearing up to follow this year’s race.

23 fourth graders stand in a circle in front of Woodriver Elementary School in Fairbanks.  In the midst of the frenzied huddle, there’s something black and furry.

Food Drops Bring Mushers One Step Closer to Race Day

Jan 22, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK  - Mushers in Fairbanks and Whitehorse handed over thousands of pounds of dog food, human food and personal items to Yukon Quest race officials last Saturday.  The annual food drop brings both a sense of relief and taste of reality to those who are signed up to run in the international sled dog race.