Alaska Dog Mushers Association prepare for first races of 2021

Published: Dec. 30, 2020 at 6:35 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska Dog Mushers Association (ADMA) is preparing for their first races of 2021 as they will host a few races on Sunday. This will be the first races held by ADMA at Mushers Hall since the Open North American Championships were cancelled in March this year due to COVID.

On Sunday, the ADMA will be hosting skijorner, 4-dog, 6-dog, 8-dog, 10-dog and Open races. Mushers and their teams will be blazing down the trails of the Studdert Racegrounds on Farmers Loop. Trustee and musher Jennifer Probert-Erhart will be competing on January 3 as race grounds will be full of dogs and sleds. This has been a long process for Probert-Erhart and the ADMA Board of Directors, who tackle the challenge of running their races during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“We are super excited about this season,” said Probert-Erhart. “We’ve gotten great snow already. So the trails are amazing and we’re better prepared for COVID now.”

Many mushers across the state have been getting back out onto the trails as snow returned with the winter months. Organizations like the ADMA are now set to ring in the New Year with their races.. Earlier this month, the ADMA announced their plans for 2021.

“So no matter if we’re racing or training, I just love being out there with the dogs and getting to really appreciate our beautiful scenery in Alaska.” said Probert-Erhart.

The skijorner races are set for 10:30 A.M. on Sunday at the Mushers Hall, and the ADMA have said that the hall will be only open to mushers and race officials. It will be closed to the general public.

More information about the Alaska Dog Mushers Association can be found on their website.

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