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After fast, frigid and foggy season-opener, sprint mushers will return to Tozier Track this weekend

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 6
  • Published January 6

Susan Wagnon watches from inside the timing tower as Steve Cole approaches the finish line at Tozier Track on Sunday. (Emily Mesner / ADN)

The second weekend of Alaskan Sled Dog and Racing Association sprint mushing is coming up at Tozier Track, and if it’s anything like the first weekend, expect some speedy times.

One record was set Saturday during junior racing and two were broken Sunday in the Tudor Road Bingo Race for adults.

In the junior races, Johanna Badalich broke the 10-year-old track record in the 5.8-mile, 5-dog race. She made the run in 16 minutes, 45 seconds.

On Sunday, the action was fast, frigid and foggy for a field of 19 sled dog teams that competed in five senior divisions. Racing in single-digit temperatures, Kimberly Wells and Pam Schamber set records in the 6-dog and 4-dog divisions, respectively, with Wells driving her team to a time of 16:24 in the 6-mile race and Schamber clocking 6:24 in the 2.3-mile race.

Racing continues Saturday with another junior race and Sunday with more open- and limited-class racing. Action is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. both days.

Tudor Road Bingo Race

3 dogs, 2.3 miles — 1) Theresa Perez 9:35, 2) Alexandra Icet 10:42, 3) Josie Martin 13:09.

4 dogs, 2.3 miles — 1) Pam Schamber 6:24 (track record), 2) Alea Robinson 6:43; 3) Andy Noble 7:42; 4) Jillian Bayne 8:56; 5) Lois Rockcastle 10:23; 6) Chad Smyer 10:53.

6 dogs, 6 miles — 1) Kimberly Wells 16:24 (track record), 2) Canzada Maruskie 17:42; 3) Paul Badalich 17:51; 4) Bev Stevens 18:12; 5) Steve Cole 18:16; 6) Susan Selzer 18:28; 7) Jerry Cosgrave 28:01.

8 dogs, 8 miles — 1) Zach Maruskie 25:13; 2) Nicholas Cole 26:39.

Open class, 10.7 miles — 1) Todd Whitcomb 46:43.

Jerry Cosgrave's dogs approach the finish line at Tozier Track. (Emily Mesner / ADN)

Zach Maruskie begins his race in the 8-dog class. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
An outdoor thermometer hovers above zero degrees during the Alaskan Sled Dog and Racing Association's first race of the season Sunday. (Emily Mesner / ADN)