Kearney Dog Sled Races

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO UNSAFE TRAIL CONDITIONS THE GREG ALEXANIAN MEMORIAL 10 DOG STAGE RACE IS CANCELLED FOR 2019. ALL OTHER EVENTS ARE STILL RUNNING. SEE RACE SCHEDULE PAGE FOR DETAILS.

Ontario’s largest dog sled racing event comes to “Ontario’s biggest little town” every year. Kearney is a quaint community of 800 people, located just north of Huntsville, Ontario.  The races are held annually in February, drawing teams and mushers from Alaska, Quebec, Manitoba, Ontario and the North Eastern States. Kearney hosts more than 70 competitive mushers along with novice and future mushers. This long standing tradition has been running annually since 1994.

We host 5 race classes of different distances for the professional or beginner musher and trek through the beautiful northern wilderness.  We also host a race specifically for the up and coming young mushers.  Our event attracts fans from all over the world and we keep them all updated through online postings throughout the weekend.   The Kearney Dog Sled Race Committee has the mission to preserve the heritage of this exciting dog sport and to continue to support international enthusiasm for sports competition, education and awareness of this very special style of dog.

For more information on our community please visit the Town of Kearney website – www.townofkearney.com

Join us for two days of winter fun just 2.5 hours north of Toronto in Kearney Ontario on the western border of Algonquin Park.

Click  Here  for more information on the 2019 schedule

This signature 2019 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 2019 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 with the best accumulative time being the winner. Race Organizers currently have a $5000 purse and an entry fee of $80.00 prior to January 15th 2019.

For anyone that has never raced at Kearney, the race courses all present a downtown start, challenging hills to climb, hardwood bush, lakes and marshes to enjoy while racing through the natural beauty of the area. This year our incredible trail team has been working hard to eliminate the always talked about “Widow-maker” hill that has challenged mushers for many years. We will still have many technical and fun sections for our racers and their dogs to enjoy.

The Kearney Dog Sled Races prides itself on having exceptional race officials and a fantastic team of volunteers that help ensure the safety of both dogs and mushers on race weekend. We also have a veterinarian on site for the entire duration of the race for consultation on dog safety, dog checks, and emergency services.

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!

The 25th Year of the Kearney Dog Sled Races will hold exciting activities and features to celebrate this long standing community event. Stay tuned for special updates and articles!


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.”


Thank you to Our Sponsors for 2019