|Musher Roy Etnire of Seeley Lake, Montana finishes a 23-mile race.|
The three-day event attracted mushers and their teams from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana in four events: the 32-mile 12-dog sled race; the 23-mile (mid) six-dog sled race; the 12-mile (sporting) six-dog sled race; and the nine-mile one-or two-dog skijor.
The Okanogan National Forest terrain is forested and hilly with the highest point of the race being Scheiner Creek at 4400 feet elevation. The steepest section gains 1000 feet in three miles.
|Alaskan huskies (a mutt breed to be sure) alert to the possibility of treats while recovering from their exertions.|
|Matt Hamel of Seattle and his team come in strong after a 12-mile run.|
|Thad McCracken and his huskies traveled to the race from Hood River, Oregon.|
|McCracken prepares a hot meal for his team in the parking lot shortly after the race.|
|Kimberly Blanchard of Seattle came in smiling along with her happy dog after the solo nine-mile skijor.|
|Mikki Douglas gives her labs some love after the skijor.|
|Kevin Creager of the French Creek neighborhood in the lower Methow Valley, finishes the skijor.|
Creager described the conditions as "really mushy and super slow with six inches of fresh snow on top of the groomed trail."
Creager is a fisheries biologist working on salmon recovery on the Entiat River near Chelan. He got into sled dog racing eight years ago. The dogs he raced on Saturday (pictured) were rescue dogs from Idaho, he said.
"The coolest thing is to take a dog from a bad situation and let it do what it was meant to do," Creager said.
|Resting up under the truck after a day of racing.|