Huskies hit the trail at Beach Lake Park

Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 09:49
  • Dogs in the team of musher Tom Schonberger race down the trail during the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association’s Purebred Spring Fling races on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Kari Skogen and her team race down the trail during the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association’s Purebred Spring Fling races on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Dogs in Jessica Breinholt’s team run down the trail during the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association’s Purebred Spring Fling races on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The dog team of Wayne Curtis races through a culvert beneath Beach Lake Road during the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association’s Purebred Spring Fling races on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Dogs in Wayne Curtis’s team race down the trail during the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association’s Purebred Spring Fling races on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The team of JP Norris races down the trail during the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association’s Purebred Spring Fling races on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The team of JP Norris races down the trail during the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association’s Purebred Spring Fling races on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Wayne Curtis gives the thumbs-up while rounding a corner during the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association’s Purebred Spring Fling races on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Willow’s JP Norris was the big winner Saturday at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association’s Purebred Spring Fling races at the CDMA trails at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak.

Norris won the 8-dog (12-mile) and 6-dog (6-mile) races at the event, which attracted eight teams of Siberian Huskies to the association’s trails on Beach Lake Road.

Norris’s wife Kari Skogen finished second in both the 8-dog and 6-dog races, with Wasilla’s Wayne Curtis third in the 8-dog race and Tom Schonberger third in the 6-dog.

Emile Toledanu won the 4-dog race by just over a minute.

The season is not yet over at the CDMA trails. On March 16 the association will host the Junior Spring Fling junior races starting at 10 a.m. and the 36/20 night races starting at 6 p.m.

On March 30 CDMA will host the “Friends of CDMA” Race (AKA Businessperson’s Race), in which participants get a taste of sled dog mushing by running a 3-dog team over a 2-mile course. The cost to register is $250 and trophies will be awarded for the top three finishers as well as to the business or individual with the best decorated sled. Registration is open until March 15 at the association’s website, chugiakdogmushers.com.

CDMA Purebred Spring Fling

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Beach Lake Park

8-dog (12 miles)

1) JP Norris, 46 minutes, 28 seconds; 2) Kari Skogen, 47:36; 3) Wayne Curtis, 1:02:47; 4) Tom Schonberger, 1:06:38; 5) Jessica Breinholt, 1:08:14

6-dog (6 miles)

1) JP Norris, 27:44; 2) Kari Skogen, 30:01; 3) Tom Schonberger, 35:55; 4) Marti Rhyne, 42:13; 5) Wayne Curtis, 42:50

4-dog (4 miles)

1) Emile Toledanu, 29:14; 2) Wayne Curtis, 28:22; 3) Jerry Cosgrave, 25:08

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