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No Stage Race, but NEW Sprint Class for 2020!

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The Greg Alexanian Memorial 2 Dog Sled Race!

Introducing a new and exciting sportsmen class and tribute to a great friend of the committee


The Kearney Sled Dog Race Committee is very excited to officially announce our new 2 Dog 2 Mile Sprint Race class. With careful consideration, the committee has made the difficult decision to discontinue our long standing 10 Dog Stage Race for the 2020 season. We are hopeful that we can offer this class in the future with weather and trail conditions permitted. Our trail team will seek out new trail opportunities and alternate routes. For the time being, we are going to focus on a smaller circuit.

That being said, we want to continue to offer as much opportunity for amazing racing and a fun weekend with our dogs as possible. We are very pleased that we can offer an opportunity for mushers of all skill levels to compete in a fun, excitingly technical course with two dogs.




Not everyone is talented or skilled enough on skis to be able to participate in that 2 dog sanctioned class. We are initiating this class where Kick Sleds fashioned with proper equipment that follow sled safety guidelines (sled bag, brush bow, snow hook, and breaking system) will be permitted, along with small sprint sleds. This is a non-sanctioned/non-accredited class. Prizes and purse are to be determined.

One dog may be permitted to run in this sled class with a driver in some circumstances. This will be based on musher skill level and canine safety/ability. We would ask that anyone wishing to enter this class with one dog either reach out to fellow mushing friends to team up, or ensure that your dog is fit enough to compete on it’s own. Race Marshall approval is required prior to entry should you be considering running in the 2 dog sled class with one dog.

The Committee is still making a firm commitment to honouring our dear friend, Greg Alexanian, who always brought an exciting and vibrant energy to our committee. He passed too soon this past season before he could help initiate exciting changes to this race. Though his largest commitment was to our Stag Race, we wanted to ensure that Greg’s legacy could be celebrated every year the race runs without fail. We felt that it was very fitting to Greg’s memory to name this class after him as he was always trying to bring more people to the event to have a great time.

Please stay tuned for more announcements and Race Weekend news. Should you have any questions about our 2 Dog Sled class, please contact the committee.

Thank you to the “Sled Dogs of Windsor” for images to attribute to this event.

Cheers to Greg, and to an exciting 2020 Race Weekend!



3 Responses to "No Stage Race, but NEW Sprint Class for 2020!"

  1. Jackie Pritchard Posted on September 25, 2019 at 7:56 am

    I would love to learn how to do this with my two rescue dogs. One comes from Moosonee and would absolutely love this. He is some sort of husky mixed with border collie and God only knows what else. The other is a German Shepherd and comes from THS. We live close to Bobcaygeon.

    • Kaitlynn Paquette Posted on December 13, 2019 at 11:51 am

      Hi Jackie. If you reach out to the Ontario Federation of Sled Dog Sports, they often run clinics an demos that support new racers and their dogs learning about the sport.

  2. Daphne Posted on October 14, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    The Ontario Federation of Sled Dog Sports is offering a kicksled clinic in November. It will be just outside of Kitchener. Check out their Facebook page or website for more details or email [email protected].

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