By Alysha Page

On February 2nd, the Yukon Quest 1,000 mile International Dog Sled Race started in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Figure 1: It was -35 degrees Fahrenheit when Deb Boettcher and I arrived in Whitehorse, Canada. This is me auditioning for the role of Ralphie in the remake of the film A Christmas Story.

The race began  in 1983 and is held every year since. Thirty teams of mushers set off on this thousand-mile journey and after fifteen days Brent Sass made it out in the first place.  I was fortunate enough to get the chance to see my first dog sled race thanks to Deb, the Museum Technician at KLGO.

Figure 2: American Rookie, Jim Lanier and his team.


In the Yukon, it was -35 degrees and which meant that I had to be bundled from head to toe. Below are just a few of my photos from the event, with those temperatures I couldn’t take too many photos out of fear of my phone malfunctioning and my fingers getting a little too cold.



Figure 3: The sled teams gearing up to start the first leg of the race.      

Figure 4: There is about a 5 minute time lapse between each of these photos (Last photo was taken some time after going inside to warm up). My breath quickly froze and gave my eyelashes and hair frosted tips.

Figure 5: Veteran Dave Dalton and his team of Alaskan Huskies. 






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