LINCOLN – Race To The Sky Montana hosted their 33rd Dog Sled Race in Lincoln.
This year’s premier sponsor was Young Living Essential Oils.
The Young Living Race to the Sky started at 11am Saturday morning with vet checks for all competing dogs before the race.
The competition rundown has three sections, a 300-mile race for adults, a 100-mile race for juniors and a 100-mile race for adults.
The sun was out bright and crowds of people gathered along the starting line.
This years competition held 21 competitors, coming from different towns in Montana and other states.
Laurie Warren from Council, Idaho said she’s been racing for 6 years and got into dog sledding because of her eldest son.
“So I would go to the races with him and help him out, sit in the truck a lot, drum my fingers and wait for him and they had some dogs that weren’t doing well for them and I decided…well, instead of sitting here I’ll just run their dogs for a little bit,” said Laurie Warren, 300-mile adult musher.
Warren competed in the 300 mile adult race.
“I love being outside, there’s nothing better than being up in the mountains otherwise than with your best friends,” said Warren.
Before the race, some mushers wrapped their dog’s paws to protect them from cuts and ice packed in between
Charmayne Morrison from Polson, Montana competed in the 100-mile junior race.
Morrison got into dog sledding because of an school project.
She built a sled, started off with three dogs and then expanded to 17 Alaskan huskies.
“I think my favorite part is just being the connection with the dogs and having a bond with each and every one of them and they are kind of my family…my extended family I guess,” said Morrison, a 100-mile junior musher.
Morrison’s been mushing for 5 seasons, and this is her second year racing.
Travis Schweigert, Charmayne’s father, said its been great to help his daughter with her passion of dog sledding.
“I am very proud of her, and its fun seeing her excel,” said Schweigert.
Mushers will be traveling from Lincoln, to Ovando, and Seeley Lake for the 100-mile finish and 300-milers will continue back through Ovando and finish at Hi-Country Snack Foods near Lincoln.
Brad Barringer, a fan of dog sledding, brought his grandkids to see the race.
“Yeah, it’s been a blast we came up to support friends and we didn’t expect it to be quite so fun, it’s been great,” said Brad Barringer, dog sled fan.
Barringer’s niece Shelbe Klinker enjoyed the race.
“It’s cool to watch the dogs and see how excited they get before they start running, that part is pretty cool,” said Shelber Klinker, dog sled fan.