Roxy Wright wins Fur Rondy sled dog races
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: