6 Dog Sprint Race Route
Both of the sprint races held over the weekend include purebred and open categories. Dogs in the open class are usually a mixed breed, utilizing any combination of Alaskan Huskies, German Short-Hair Pointers, Greyhounds etc. The emphasis is to breed the race dogs for speed and stamina, as well as more general considerations like climate. The Purebred class is generally thought of as the more traditional sled dogs, such as Siberian Huskies but we’ve seen teams of Border Collies, Setters, and even spaniels compete in past years. This category is satisfied by any dog team that has purebred papers.
This race is run down Main Street in Kearney and is looped to return back to Main Street without the teams ever having the possibility of meeting head-on. After Main Street, the course runs through the forest, with many hills for the mushers to run. The eastern loop is completed twice before returning to main street. This is a very scenic and challenging route, and any snowmobile trail or road crossings are manned by volunteers to ensure safety for the mushers and teams.