Organizers of the 2017 Deh Gah Sled Dog Races saw some tight competition over the weekend in Fort Providence. Two visiting mushers from Alberta rounded out the top five in the 12 dog class.
Ken Bernard of Grovedale captured first place, with a finish time of one hour and 33 minutes, just ahead of Yellowknife’s Sadie Lizotte by a mere 16 seconds. Westlock Alberta’s Rob Peeble finished third, followed by Yellowknife’s Trevor Lizotte in 4th and host Danny Beaulieu in fifth. These dog teams ran a total of 28 miles over the two days.
“We had some great volunteers who make this race possible, such as Ricki Gargan, Loretta Elleze, who worked with Lawrence Denetre and John Landry who kept the road crossing covered in snow so the mushers and dogs could cross safely,” organizer and musher Susan Fleck told CKLB on Monday.
In the Six dog class, Fort Resolution’s TJ Fordy captured first place thanks to a strong finish on Saturday. Just on her heals was Whitehorse musher Armin Johnson. Deh Gah Mushers Susan Fleck and Mel Rasmussen-Vandel took third and fourth, with Alberta’s Ken Bernard in fifth. The six dog class covered seven miles a day.
The next circuit race will be in Fort Chipewyan next month.
Photos by Thorsten Gohl