Kearney Dog Sled Races

Ontario's largest dog sled races come to "Ontario's biggest little town" on the 2nd weekend in February each year. Join us for two days of winter fun just a couple of hours north of Toronto, in Kearney Ontario on the western boarder of Algonquin Park. This long standing tradition has been running annually since 1994.

This signature 2016 event, features a 4 Dog Sprint, a 6 Dog Sprint, 1 & 2 Dog Men's & Women's Ski-joring events and the ever popular Kid & Mutt event.  The 2016 Kearney Dog Sled Races features a Mid-Distance, 10 Dog Stage Race format. Mushers will be permitted to utilize a 12 dog pool with a maximum 10 dog team size for each of the two days of racing. The race distance will be approx. 35 miles each day (2016 update) with the best accumulative time being the winner. Race Organizers currently have a $5000 purse and an entry fee of $80.00 prior to February 1st, 2016.

For anyone that has never raced at Kearney, the race courses all present a down town start, challenging hills to climb, hardwood bush, lakes and marshes to enjoy while racing through the natural beauty of the area.

Visitors to the Kearney Dog Sled Races are treated to a variety of activities and events that they can participate in or view.  This is a great event for families, couples or friends to enjoy.  Winter's never been this fun before!

Video by Kaitlynn Tidwell

"Matt's runs on day 1 and 2 at Kearney. Seeded 12th and passed 3 teams on the first day. Second day finished 35 seconds faster than the first time for a 17 minute 4 mile. Best time they've done that distance. Thanks to our friend Luke we had a 4th dog as well which helped out our guys a TON. Wicked weekend.. Can't wait to do it again."

News & Stories

Trail Conditions

2016 Trail conditions look great!

As of this weekend trail conditions for the 2016 Kearney Dog Sled Races look great!  Although this winter had a mild start with little snow we are presented with some cooler weather this weekend and a fair bit of snow fall.  On Friday Feb 5th 2016, a team of 15 snowmobiles went out and groomed…

10 dog stage race

Changes to the 10 Dog Stage Race Trail & Snow Conditions

The Committee has decided to shorten the 10 Dog Stage Race this year because of winter’s late arrival.  With the lack of snow this fall, we know many mushers will not have had the opportunity to spend much time on the trails with their teams.  Snow is not an issue any longer in and around Kearney though,…

IFSS

The Kearney Dog Sled Races have been IFSS Sanctioned!

IFSS Sanctioned Event Great News Dog Sledders!  In preparation for the 2017 World Championships coming to Haliburton, the Kearney Dog Sled Races has been sanctioned as a World Cup Event!  VP Anne McIntyre from the International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS) has confirmed that all of the regularly held events at Kearney’s Races will be…


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