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.
- Greg Alexanian Memorial Stage Race (10 Dog Open) – $ 5,000
- 6 Dog Sprint Race – $ 2,800
- 4 Dog Sprint Race – $ 2,400
- Ski-joring Race – $ 800
This Years Race Routes are:
One 1st Annual Greg Alexanian Memorial Stage Race is a 10 Dog Stage Race. It is a challenging but exciting 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. This year we have eliminated the usual ‘loop’ in this course to avoid confusion for mushers and dogs. 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)