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Hamlet of Mt. Lorne
47 Annie Lake Road
2015 marks the 21st year of the Carbon Hill Sled Dog and Skijor Race. A fun and friendly community-spirited event based out of the Mt. Lorne Community Centre on the Annie Lake Road. This year it becomes "Carbon Hill Race Day" and is now hosted by DPSAY.
With participants ranging from recreational and rookie mushers to seasoned Quest veterans, The Carbon Hill is developing a reputation as “The biggest little race in Yukon.” The January start date makes Carbon Hill the inaugural race kicking off Yukon’s mushing and skijor season. And the range of race classes means there is something for everyone: From the 30 mile mushing and skijor events that wind through the spectacular scenery of the Watson River Valley, to the wild and exciting 200 meter children’s dog-dash.
For many participants, it’s their first entry ever in a race event. Yukon Quest mushers like to use the Carbon Hill as a shakedown to test young dogs and equipment. Then there are the wiley local mushers who have participated in just about every Carbon Hill since 1994. Because of the route, the distance, and early date, it’s really anybody’s race to win.
The biggest oohs and aahs seem to go to the intrepid entrants in the 30 mile skijor event. If you’ve never seen a person on skis strapped to four leaping sled dogs rearing to go, you’re in for quite a sight – one that’s only matched by the apparition of these racers when they return 3 hours later with a look (and icycles) on their face like ghosts from Everest.
Spectators really enjoy the Carbon Hill because of the friendly venue that puts them in the middle of the action. They can get up close and personal with dogs and mushers, and help out in the chute if they like. And when its time for a warm-up, there’s always incredible food inside the community centre. At the end of the races, we host a fun-filled potluck banquet and award’s ceremony for spectators and participants alike – everyone is welcome.
If you’re interested in participating in the Carbon Hill, but aren’t running dogs, we still need many volunteers on race day – timers, chute help, race registrars, kitchen help, you name it.
Please leave pets at home - they really distract the dog teams
No snow or 30 below, no go!
Registration on site from 9:00 to 10:00 am only
Racing starts at 11 am. See schedule for specific start times.
Awards potluck supper at 4:30 pm.
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