Mushers head to Fort Smith for Western Canadian Championship Race

Flame, one of Poitras' Racing Kennels huskies ready for lunch. (Photo courtesy of David Poitras)

At least 15 mushers are expected to race this weekend in the 12 mile 8 dog class in Fort Smith.

Coming off a 6th place finish at last weekend’s mass start race at the Kamba Carnival, Matthew Poitras of Poitras Racing Kennels is hoping to up his teams finish times on their home track.

“On the time start we have a few dogs that will get the job done for us, we will switch a few of them around for the upcoming race,” explained Matthew who’s taken over mushing from his dad David.

The races start Friday afternoon at 1pm, near the Fort Smith Environment and Natural Resources office, and at 1pm on Saturday.

“It runs 6 miles down the North side, we cross at 6 miles out and come all the way back on the South side. It’s going to be a fast a straight track. It’s very packed so it’s going to be a fast race,” added Matthew’s dad David Poitras, who helped groom the trails earlier this week.

The Thebacha Dog Mushers Association is hosting this Western Canadian Championship race, with a $1000 dollar purse.

There will also be a 4 dog 4 mile race for youth under 18.

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Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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