FAIRBANKS—The Alaska Dog Mushers Association has postponed the first Challenge Series race of the season until Dec. 9 because of the lack of snow.
If races are held on Dec. 9 at the Jeff Studdert Racegrounds on Farmer’s Loop, they will include skijoring, mid distance, four-dog, six-dog, eight-dog and Open classes, as well as Fairbanks Junior Dog Mushers Association events..
The skijoring and mid-distance classes are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.. The four-dog class will start 16 minutes after the last skijor/mid-distance racer is out on the course. If there are junior racers in the four-dog class, they will start six minutes after the last musher goes out of the starting chute.
There will be another 16-minute break after the last junior racer hits the trail, and the mushers in the six-dog class will hit the trail. Junior six-dog racers will go out six minutes after the last adult racer.
Once all the six-dog racers hit the trail, there will be another 16-minute break before the start of the eight-dog class. While the eight-dog class is out on the trail, the junior one-dog class will be conducted on the short track near the starting area.
Once the one-doggers are finished, the Open class race will begin. While the Open racers are out on the course, the two-dog junior race will be conducted.
Mushers will start in the order they register.
Challenge Series races will be postponed or *canceled if the temperature at the Fairbanks International Airport is 25 below or colder at 8:15 a.m. on the day of the race.
The temperature reported at 458-3745 (Ext. 1113) at 8:15 a.m., regardless of time of update, is considered the official airport temperature.
For distances and registration information, go to the Alaska Dog Mushers Association website at www.sleddog.org.
Kusko 300 update
The 2013 field for the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race has grown to 14 mushers with the addition of eight-time champion Jeff King of Denali Park and Joe Garnie of Teller.
King’s victories came in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006. He also finished second four times — 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2007 — and third twice — 2000 and 2009. King has never finished lower than eighth in 18 Kusko 300 races.
Garnie returns to the Kusko 300 after a 12-year hiaus. He first ran the race in 1983 and has competed in it six times. Garnie earned the Sportsmanship Award in 1988 when he finished in third place.
Other mushers in the race are Ken Anderson, Aliy Zirkle, Allen Moore, Paul Gebhardt, Rohn Buser, Martin Buser, Ray Redington, Jr., Ramey Smyth, Tony Browning, Kristy Berington, Mike Williams Jr. and Mike Williams Sr.
The race starts at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in Bethel and runs to Aniak and back. The top finishers should arrive back in Bethel sometime in the moring on Jan. 20.
Contact the News-Miner sports department at *459-7581.