Mushing season gets underway in Chugiak

Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 13:49
  • Star file photo/Matt Tunseth

Zach Maruskie and Colin Franz won opening night races of the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association racing season on Dec. 26 at the CDMA Beach Lake Trails.

Maruskie claimed victory in the 3-dog class at the Jr./Sr. Night Race, with Franz picking up the 2-dog class win.

Maruskie covered the two-mile course in 5 minutes, 48 seconds to edge Claire Thomson and Deanna Partow, who tied for second in 6:09. Franz completed the two-mile course in 6:34 to win the 2-dog class by 34 seconds over Atticus Gorski.

Racing will resume on New Year’s Day with a full day of events including kids’ races as well as 4-, 6-, 8-dog and open class races. Sign-ups are at 9:30 a.m. with a pre-race meeting at 10 a.m. and races starting at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit chugiakdogmushers.com.

CDMA Jr./Sr. Night Races

Dec. 26

Beach Lake Trails

2 miles

3-dog class

1) Zach Maruskie, 5 minutes, 48 seconds; 2) (tie) Claire Thomson and Deanna Partow, 6:09; 4) Kathy Faryniarz, 6:40; 5) Mira Franz, 6:46; 6) (tie) Scott Maruskie and Kris Rasey, 6:53; 8) Coral Mercer, 7:06; 9) Alea Robinson, 7:40; 10) Bair Mercer, 7:45; 11) Rox Mercer, 8:05; 12) Lois Rockcastle, 8:54; 13) Jerry Cosgrave, 10:05; 14) Sarah Varland, 13:57

2-dog class

1) Colin Franz, 6:34; 2) Atticus Gorski, 7:08; 3) Sam Perez, 7:30; 4) Torq Mercer, 8:53; 5) Josh Varland, 10:07

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