Open World Championship Sled Dog Races
CANCELLED IN 2021
4th Ave and D Street
Don't miss fastest sled dogs on earth as they run 25-mile heats through the streets of Anchorage in this 3-day event!
Cornerstone Event of Fur Rondy
Greater Anchorage, Inc (GAI) and the Alaskan Sled Dog and Racing Association (ASDRA) regretfully announce that the 2021 Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race is cancelled.
Both organizations place the greatest priority on community health and recognize that the requirements for the race itself and the large crowds of spectators that gather downtown for the start and finish of this amazing race is too risky during the Covid 19 pandemic.
We hope to welcome competitors and spectators from around the world again in 2022 for another showdown of the fastest dogs in the world.
Voted “Best Event” by the International Sled Dog Racing Association, this has been attracting mushers from Alaska and the world since 1946. Produced in partnership with the Alaskan Sled Dog & Racing Association, the race pits sprint mushing teams against each other over three days of the same 25-mile route for a total of 75 miles. Starting from the corner of Fourth Avenue and D Street in downtown Anchorage, the course – lined with thousands of spectators – winds through the city’s forests, across major roads and back downtown.
Come and witness the sheer intensity and excitement of this most anticipated sprint race in North America. Endurance, speed, and agility prove these dogs to be true athletes.
Best Viewing Locations
- 4th and Cordova
- 15th and Cordova*
- 16th and Cordova
- Gambell Culvert
- Lake Otis Culvert
- Goose Lake*
- Alaska Native Medical Center
- Ambassador Drive* - 8A. Tudor Crossing
- Tudor/MOA Access/Chuck Albrecht Ball Fields
- The Y
- TOA 1
- Armory Road
- 1st Campbell Airstrip Crossing
- Gas Line*
- 2nd Culvert Campbell Airstrip Road
- BLM Bridge
- TOA 2
- Airstrip Y
- Off Airstrip Loop*
- Science Center
- Rondy Cut-Off
*Indicates Radio Checkpoint
Be a good spectator!
- Find a good viewpoint behind the trail edge
- Teams leave at one or two minute intervals and often are closely spaced. Faster teams may have even passed a competitor.
- Look for dogs running well with their heads and tails down showing concentration on their effort. Tug lines will be tight. Be aware that sudden movements or flashbulbs may startle dogs and break their concentration. You will see the head and tail go up if this occurs.
- Mushers will only ask for help if needed. Dogs often are shy of unfamiliar people.
- Getting entangled in a dog team can be very hazardous for you and the dogs.
- A dog team traveling at up to 20mph takes up to 50 feet to come to a stop.
- Sled dogs run very quietly. You may not know they are coming until you hear, "Trail!" or worse, you are entangled in the lines because the musher could not see around a corner.
- Your pet dog will not enjoy watching sled dog racing events. A fast moving team will frighten most dogs. They are also a distraction to the racing or training dog team. Do not bring your family pets to dog mushing events.
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