It was another successful year for the New Year’s Day Doggy-Doo Sled Dog Race, with nine teams entered.
After over five years, the New Year’s Day event for local mushers has only two rules according to Margaret-Ann Houghton: “We start at noon and you must have fun!”
The race took mushers over 24 miles, most of which is on Stuart Lake, with some time on bush trails.
“It went quite well,” said Laura Vinnedge, a local musher who was home for the holidays and got back on her sled to come in second place.
In what was a first for the race, there were eight female mushers competing, and only one male musher, veteran Craig Houghton.
Vinnedge said while most teams were from Fort St. James, there was one from Quesnel and one from Fort Fraser as well.
First place this year was taken by Craig Houghton, who finished in one hour, 40 minutes and 32 seconds.
Vinnedge took second with one hour, 48 minutes and 50 seconds.
Anne Douglas of Fort Fraser was third with a time of one hour, 51 minutes and 30 seconds.
Last year’s winner Jerry Joinson worked as a handler for one of the female mushers and had the honour of handing over the trophy to Houghton for the time being.