Open World Championship Sled Dog Races
February 23-25, 2018
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
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.
- Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at Noon
- Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 at Noon
- Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 at Noon
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.
2018 Low-Snow Route:
With the low snowfall this year, the 2018 route will be slightly shortened. The race will follow along Campbell Airstrip Road, rather than cross and make a loop, as seen below.
Normal Race Route
Best Viewing Locations
- 4th and Cordova
- 15th and Cordova*
- 16th and Cordova
- Gambell Culvert
- Lake Otis Culvert
- Goose Lake*
- ANH Center
- Ambassador Drive*
- Tudor/MOA Access/Chuck Albrecht Ball Fields
- The Y
- TOA 1
- AKDOT Road Crossing
- 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
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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