Chugiak mushing association wraps up dryland season

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 15:34
  • Scott Maruskie rides to victory in the 4-dog cart class, with lead dog Forte. (Photo by Michael Dinnenn / For the Star)

If you just can’t get wait for dog mushing in the winter, you ought to check out the action at the Birchwood Trails, where the dryland mushing racing season just concluded with the Speedy Glass Dog Derby last weekend. 

Now in its third year, the four-race dryland season run by the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association attracted a couple dozen passionate mushers and enthusiasts competing in events over the final weekend of the year that involved bicycles, scooters, carts and feet and dog teams in numbers from one to four.

To keep the fans happy, burgers, hot dogs and other consumables were available beside a large fire, which kept the frosty air at bay.

For Anchorage resident Pam Schamber, the season on Chugiak’s two-mile track was successful enough to qualify for an upcoming international competition in Ontario. 

She finished second in a five-team field in the four-dog cart event. 

Other less serious competitors enjoyed the fraternal atmosphere, help and advice flowed, and the cacophony of dogs barking hearkens more snowy conditions.

“And the dogs just love it,” Schamber concluded.

The top three in each category were:

1-dog bikejor

1. Jerry Cosgrave; 2. Jason Johnson; 3. Debora Summers

2-dog bikejor

1. Debora Summers; 2. Jane Heisel; 3. Matt Reimer

2-dog scooter

1. Pamela Schamber; 2. Jane Heisel; 3. Annie Grenier

4-dog rig

1. Scott Maruskie; 2. Pamela Schamber; 3. Sylvia Kleinova

1-dog women’s canicross

1. Amy Engeberg; 2. Logan Ragar; 3. Nicole Pressman-Schneider

1-dog men’s canicross

1. John Cosgrove; 2. Ivan Hodes; 3. Scott Jerome

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