History

Jim's story

Jim, the story of our Race Marshal

If you’ve been lucky enough to hear the words “Go Driver” echo throughout town at the Kearney Dog Sled race, then chances are you’ve heard Jim Cunningham. Jim is our ever-present Race Marshal. As Marshal, he announces the races and checks the dogs, the sleds and the entire course for safety. Cunningham says his primary…

New Website

Kearney Dog Sled Races New Website

Just in time for a new year we have a new Website! Launched December 31st 2014           The Kearney Dog Sled committee along with partnership funding from our local Regional Tourism Organization, Explorers Edge worked with a local web designer to bring a new online experience to visitors for the 2015…

Gunnar Kaasen with sled dog Balto

Kearney Dog Sled Races – Balto

Dog Sled History – Balto Balto (1919 – March 14, 1933) was a Siberian Husky sled dog who led his team on the final leg of the 1925 Great Serum Run to Nome, in which diphtheria antitoxin was transported from Anchorage, Alaska, to Nenana, Alaska, by train and then to Nome by dog sled to…

Kearney Winter Fest 2001

Kearney Dog Sled Races History 2000

The 21st Century An excerpt from the Kearney Winterfest Program year 2000. A Glimpse At The Sport. Origin:    Sled dog racing is one of North America’s oldest winter sports. The Eskimos and Indians who inhabit the northern regions of the North American continent have always been associated with and dependent upon man’s best friend. Their…

Kearney Dog Sled Races History Main Street

Kearney Dog Sled Races History 1996-1998

Throughout the past 20 years, organizers have been able to successfully pull off the Kearney Dog Sled Races each year on the 2nd weekend of February. While the conditions weren’t always perfect, the organizers used their creative solutions to always pull off an exciting event.  Even in the early years, the event included craft sales,…

Kearney Dog Sled Races History

The History of Kearney Dog Sled Races

Let’s discover a little history about the Kearney Dog Sled Races together.  Over 20 years ago, in a tiny community approximately 2 1/2 hours North of Toronto, a small group of individuals got together to begin the tradition of the Kearney Winterfest (now known as Kearney Dog Sled Races).. Kearney was originally a logging town…