UAF West Ridge Race
February 18, 2018
The weather cooperated again this year for the West Ridge Skijor race on the UAF trails. No threat of extreme cold or freezing rain to cancel the race. A few pups found it a bit warm for February, but all finished with wagging tails.
Thirty-one teams participated with a total of 47 dogs enjoying the trails. The new No Whiz option (3 mile course) was a popular choice: fourteen teams completed it. The Big Whizzy (4.5 mile course) continued to have a loyal following with 11 teams, plus the six teams that skijored it twice in the 9 mile classes. This year we had the unexpected excitement of a beginner skijor from Korea participating with his dog Tui. Camera crew and all.
It remains a great privilege to be able to use these trails and ASPA thanks UAF for the ongoing permission and support. A special thank you to Jason Garron, UAF Trail Groomer, for the excellent trail conditions and help with marking the course and pulling up stakes afterwards.
Sara Tabbert and Kathleen Boyle were the race directors. Lisa Stuby helped with timing. Several people pitched in to help with handling at race start. It was much appreciated.
|Alaska Skijor and Pulk Association|
|ASPA West Ridge Skijor Race at UAF|
|February 18, 2018|
|UAF Ski Trails|
|9 miles, 3 dogs|
|1||Matt Sprau||Onion, Roach, Leika||45:33||1st|
|9 miles, 2 dogs|
|2||Greg Probst||Tifus, Barracuda||44:28||1st|
|6||Jacques Philip||Dingo, Unenza||46:14||2nd|
|3||Trine Nedregard||Seeluk, Hannah||48:32||3rd|
|4||Annette Lianes||Gus, Jobie||1:13:00||4th|
|9 miles, 1 dog|
|4.5 miles, 2 dogs|
|8||Nina Ruckhaus||Snuffy, Luska||24:41||1st|
|9||Mark Oldmixon||Piggy, Weasel||26:53||2nd|
|11||Janna Miller||Roy, Dexter||31:04||3rd|
|10||Tohru Saito||Seven, Dumbo||32:09||4th|
|4.5 miles, 1 dog|
|3 miles, 3 dogs|
|20||Andy Warwick||Jack, Yogi, Freddie||14:40||1st|
|3 miles, 2 dogs|
|7||Alaina Ctibor||Amber, Dali||13:47||1st|
|23||Kriya Dunlap||Grover, Simi||14:00||2nd|
|22||Jean Liaison-Rein||Kenai, Ranger||17:28||3rd|
|21||Amanda Byrd||Sabrina, Lira||18:16||4th|
|3 miles, 1 dog|
|31||Hyun S Choi||Tui||54:37||8th|
|28||Trine Nedregard||Noor||Not Recorded|
[All distances are approximate]
4.5 Mile – Start near the parking lot and travel west down the powerline trail. Turn right onto the Tee Field Road. Bypass the Potato Field continuing straight down the road to the T-Field. Turn right onto the T-Field travelling around the perimeter. By pass the trail to the top of the T-Field and continue around to the lower, SW corner. Turn right at the SW corner onto the Smith Lake access trail. Take a left onto Smith Lake and follow the edge around to the lake exit. Take a left and head up to the Potato Field. Take a right and follow the edge of the field to the top. Turn right onto the lighted loop. Near the top, turn right onto the Big Whizzy. Follow the Big Whizzy to the bottom and climb back up the hill. Take a left onto the inner loop (added in 2014) then rejoin the Big Whizzy and proceed to the top of the hill. Exit the Big Whizzy and head straight. Veer to the right of the dish and proceed to the warming hut and finish.
No Whiz (approx. 3 mile) – Same as 4.5 mile EXCEPT ski PAST the turn onto the Big Whizzy and head straight, veer to the right of the dish and proceed to warming hut and finish.
9 Mile – The 9 mile is essentially 2 laps of the 4 mile. To prevent dogs balking in the start/finish area there is a cutoff after the Big Whizzy. At the top of the hill head straight then veer to the left of the satellite dish and left down the hill onto the T-Field road. Follow the 4 mile course again. At the top of the Big Whizzy the second time veer right to the warming hut and finish line.