Roxy Wright took home top prize at the 2017 Fur Rendezvous World Sled Dog Championship races over the weekend.
The races take place over three days as competitors sprint a 25-mile loop through Anchorage, running a total of 75 miles.
This year’s championship had the largest prize purse ever of $100,000. In perspective, last year’s purse was only $25,000, but that year also suffered from a severe lack of snow, which forced race officials to shorten the race route and limit the run to a single lap. That race was almost canceled, but was saved when snow was hauled in on trucks.
Wright led this year’s pack with an overall time of 4 hours, 25 minutes and 2 seconds, mere minutes ahead of Blayne Streeper, who finished his laps with a time of 4 hours, 27 minutes and 18 seconds.
This is Wright’s fourth Fur Rondy win, and her first since 1993. Streeper won the championships four years straight between 2007 and 2010, a record streak that has only been topped by the total number of wins George Attla claimed — 10, according to the race’s website.
The final race times are as follows: