Kearney Dog Sled Races Race Routes
Kearney is unique in that races start and finish on Main Street, thereby turning dog sled racing into a spectators sport. Also Kearney’s races are noted for being very challenging as well as very scenic.
Most challenging about Kearney’s races are the many hills, both up and down, as other races are often run on golf courses, through open fields or on unused rail beds.
Kearney Dog Sled Race has a purse of $11,000.
- 10 Dog Stage Race – $ 5,000
- 6 Dog Sprint Race – $ 2,800
- 4 Dog Sprint Race – $ 2,400
- Ski-joring Race – $ 800
This Years Race Routes are:
The 10 Dog Stage Race is a very challenging, 35 mile course. This race starts on Main Street in downtown Kearney, and enters the forest before following the snowmobile trail. It then runs on unused ATV and logging trails before returning to the snowmobile trail and finishing on Main Street. (more)
Similar to the start of the 6 Dog Sprint, the 4 Dog Sprint Race and Ski-joring Race also start on Main Street in Kearney, and then moves into a forested trail, however it is a different course with fewer hills than the longer sprint.
The 6 Dog Sprint Race starts on Main Street in downtown Kearney and loops to finish on Main Street as well, but without requiring the teams to meet head-on with any teams coming back in the opposite direction. Along with the portion of the route in town, the course runs through the forest with many hills, both up and down. This is a very scenic and challenging route, so we ensure there are sufficient volunteers to maintain safety for the mushers and their teams at all crucial junctions (i.e., snowmobile trail or road crossings). (more)
Always fun for those who participate, both for the kids and the mutts. This fun race always gets great response from the crowd as they cheer on the participants to try their best and cross the finish line. (more)
Race Route News
We are very excited, for the first time in a few years Dog Sled Rides will be available at the Kearney Dog Sled Races this weekend. On Saturday February 13th from 11a.m. to 3p.m. you can get a taste of dog sledding. Ed Schmidt of Sugar Dogs Adventure Company will be arriving in Kearney Saturday…
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 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…