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 $11,800.

  • 10 Dog Stage Race – $ 5,000.00
  • 6 Dog Sprint Race –  $ 2,800.00
  • 4 Dog Sprint Race –  $ 2,400.00
  • Ski-joring Race      –  $ 1,600.00
Race Routes

This Years Race Routes are:


10 Dog Stage Race

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)


4 Dog Sprint & Women’s Skijoring Race

Similar to the start of the 6 Dog Sprint, the 4 Dog Sprint Race and Women’s 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.



6 Dog Sprint Race & Men’s Skijoring Race

The 6 Dog Sprint Race & Men’s Skijoring 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)


Kid & Mutt Race

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

Sunday Dog Sled Race Results

Sunday (Final) Race Results 2015

Another great day at the Kearney Dog Sled Races, as the final day of race results are tallied we’d like to thank all those who participated in this years races; mushers, ski-jorers, our volunteers, vendors, and our sponsors.  The Kearney Dog Sled Races couldn’t be as successful with out each and everyone of you.  10…

Saturday Race Results 2015

With a very successful first day of dog sled races behind us at the Kearney Dog Sled Races we’d like to take a moment to share Saturday’s Race Results with you:   10 Dog Stage Race Results   6 Dog Sprint Race Results   4 Dog Sprint Race Results   1 & 2 Dog Ski-Joring…

Kearney Dog Sled Races

Dog Sled Photography

Photography at the Kearney Dog Sled Races Each year the Kearney Dog Sled Race brings the wonderful opportunity to photograph Dog Sled Teams competing over a two day period. Having actively photographed this event for the past few years has given me some insight into the dos and don’ts while out on the trails. The…


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