FAIRBANKS — The Erhart clan came through as the big winners of the Minto Winter Carnival sled dog races this weekend in the village of Minto.
Jennifer Probert-Erhart won the women’s race on Friday, while her husband Carl Erhart captured the men’s title on Sunday afternoon.
The women’s race was a one-day, 9 1/2-mile, eight-dog event, featuring five teams. Probert-Erhart edged Salcha’s Mari Hoe-Raitto by one second to claim the title and the top prize of $500.
Probert-Erhart completed the race in 31 minutes, 54 seconds. Hoe-Raitto picked up $400 for her runner-up finish.
Third place and $300 went to Emily Sommer in 40:58. Barbara Moore finished fourth in 47:17 and Rachel Titus was fifth in 52:00. Moore collected $200 and Titus took home $100.
The men’s race was a two-day event with teams of up to 12 dogs going 14 miles each day.
Carl Erhart built up a lead of almost three minutes on the first day and held off Jesse Holmes of Fairbanks on Sunday to claim the win.
Temperatures were in the low teens on Saturday and mushers were facing windy conditions, but it was warmer and the winds were calm on Sunday, although there was some light snow.
Erhart had a two-day time of 87 minutes, 10 seconds, with Holmes finishing in 89:28. Erhart collected the top prize of $800 and Holmes received $657 for second place.
Israel Silas took third place in 94:07, followed by Roger Champagne in 107:50, Clifton Carroll in 117:47 and Fred Titus in 123:11.
Silas earned $500, while Champagne collected $375, Carroll received $200 and Titus collected $150.
Sponsors for the event were the Seth Corporation, Big Foot Pumping and Thawing, Laborer’s Local 942, Interior Dog Mushers of Manly Hot Springs, Lamberts, AVEC, Golden Heart Veterinary Services, Cold Spot Feeds, Arleigh Reynolds, Doyon and Fairbanks Fur Tannery (Al Barrett).
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