The Sheep Mountain 150 Kicks off The 2010-11 Sled Dog Race

From the organizers of The 2010 Sheep Mountain 150…

sm1A field of 41 teams is expected to compete in the 2010 Sheep Mountain 150 Sled Dog Race.  The Sheep Mountain 150 is a 150-mile sled dog race that begins at noon, December 18.  The race starts and finishes at Sheep Mountain Lodge at mile 113 of the Glenn Highway.   The winner usually finishes Sunday (December 19th) around noon.  Mushers will take two, five-hour layovers at Eureka Lodge during the race Saturday night. Some of the race can be viewed directly from the highway and fans can watch and meet the mushers at the Eureka Lodge checkpoint Saturday night.

This year’s race features top distance mushers such as reigning Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey, defending Sheep Mountain 150 Champion Jessica Hendricks, and top distance mushing competitors DeeDee Jonrowe, Aliy Zirkle and Sebastian Schnuelle.  The race kicks off the beginning of the Alaska distance sled dog racing season and is an official Iditarod qualifying race for rookies.sm2

This year’s trail condition is in excellent shape with good snow all around the course.  The trail winds through the Western Talkeetna Mountains, following some of the original mining and trapping trails from the early 1900’s.  Weekend temperatures are expected to dip to negative 30 F, giving mushers their first taste of winter cold during the race.

Click here for race updates, or check out the race updates the Sheep Mountain 150 Facebook page!

For more detailed ism3nformation about the race please go to www.sheepmountain.com or contact Zack Steer, race director, at 907-745-5121.