Photos: Denali Doubles race returns for 2013

Dallas Seavey and Benedikt Beisch depart from the start of the 2010 Denali Doubles race on one single sled. They said they took turns sleeping in the basket.
Carrie Skinner photo
Dan Kaduce and Jodi Bailey during the 2010 Denali Doubles race.
Tracey Peters photo
Dave DeCaro and Caroline Sheftel won the 2010 race.
Tracey Peters photo
Teams bed down on the river at the Maclaren Lodge checkpoint during the 2010 Denali Doubles race.
Carrie Skinner photo
A view of the 2010 Denali Doubles race start.
Jeff King photo
Helen Hegener

One of the most exciting sled dog races on the 2010 race calendar was four-time Iditarod Champion Jeff King’s inaugural run of the Denali Doubles, with a first-place purse of $10,000 which drew a broad spectrum of mushers from across Alaska -- and even from beyond the state's borders. Reporter Mike Campbell put it succinctly in a 2010 article: “Leave it to Jeff King, the Benjamin Franklin of mushing, to come up with a new way to race dogs.”

Campbell explained his reasoning by listing Jeff’s singular contributions to the sport, such as the sit-down tail-dragger sled, hooking up dogs without necklines, and letting his dogs swim to build shoulder muscles. 2010 was also the year Jeff contributed in another way: He wrote a $50,000 check to the Iditarod “to bolster a slipping purse.”

The Denali Doubles, which did not run in 2011 or 2012, will once again be starting just east of Cantwell, on the Denali Highway, on Feb. 7, running to Paxson Lodge on the Richardson Highway and returning, with stops at designated checkpoints along the way, including Maclaren River Lodge and Alpine Creek Lodge. The race is expected to finish Feb. 9 or 10.

Read more on the 2013 Denali Doubles race, here.