Willow Winter Carnival
Skijor Race

Sunday, January 30, 2010

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 Race Cutoff = -10ยบF

Location: Willow
Meet at: Willow Community Center
Distance: 5m and 11m
Classes: 1- and 2-dog
Race Fee: $15
Registration: 10am
Race Time: 11:30am
Awards after Race.


The Willow Carnival Skijor Race starts on Willow Lake below the Community Center shortly after 11 AM and finishes around 12 noon to 12:30 PM.

The Anchorage Skijor Club will conduct registration inside the Community Center beginning at 10 AM and ending at 11 AM with the race talk.

The race features a LeManns Mass start where skiers tethered to their dogs line up behind a line 50 yards behind a line where skis and poles are placed on the snow. The Race Marshall signals the start and skiers and dogs run up to ski equipment, stop, put on ski equipment, and then ski off across the lake. This staggers the start, and the first team in wins.

There will be 5-mile and 11- mile courses with 1-dog and 2-dog classes. Skiers need to watch for the cutoff sign part way through the race.

Men and women compete against each other.

                PDF version of the Willow area map

Five dollars from each participant goes to Willow for setting and marking the course (which basically covers their fuel costs plus a little. Steve Charles of Willow has been grooming the trails, and he invites people to ski, skijor, mush, or otherwise enjoy them. For information on trail conditions, call Steve at (907) 495-6368.

Food and other items will be available at the carnival in the Willow Community Center.  Join us for some good fun!

Race Coordinator: Bud Rice, 696-0221