Skinny Leg Sled Dogs eager to run the 2018 Ceremonial Start.

This Year’s Event: January 29 – February 2  You may have watched or volunteered at the inaugural McCall Ultra Sled Dog Challenge last winter as ten sled dog teams raced through the West Central Mountains. All of the local communities connected by the race route embraced the new event, turning out to volunteer and offer support. Even more surprising to those involved in creating this event was the large numbers of people who came out to watch the professional mushers and their dog teams at the ceremonial start as well as the start-finish line and various checkpoints along the 237-mile course. The ceremonial start – at Ponderosa State Park – saw over 900 cars entering the park and an estimated 2,000 spectators watching the mushers and teams as they took winning bidders on dog sled rides through the park. The enthusiasm was contagious and carried over into the official race start the next day at Bear Creek Lodge.

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Rebecca Wallick

Rebecca is a freelance writer and publisher living near McCall, Idaho. A Seattle native and recovering attorney, she much prefers the quiet, slow pace, and distinct seasons of the West Central Mountains, enjoying the skiing, hiking and running opportunities provided by the nearby Payette National Forest. Rebecca is a Contributing Editor with Bark magazine, and the author of Growing Up Boeing: The Early Jet Age Through the Eyes of a Test Pilot’s Daughter (Feb 2014).

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