Established in 1998. The Canadian Challenge is Canada's premier dog sled race and Yukon Quest & Iditarod qualifier.
19th February 2019 Elk Ridge 12 Noon
19th February 2019
Without the support of local communities, friends and particpants the Canadian Challenge would not be the success it is today. We are truly amazed at how our volunteers gather each year... from near and far, sometimes in the most challenging of conditions to help bring this great race together.
We're always looking to welcome new volunteers to join our friendly community.
If you'd like to know more about how you can help. Please contact us.
Head Vet - Dr. Katherine Robinson
Kate has been with the race as a veterinarian since 2010 and took over the reigns as head vet in 2018 from Dr. Ruth Sims, her mentor for many years. When not out on the trail with the Challenge, Kate is an equine specialist working in Field Service at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Her major interests are lameness and sports medicine, which translate well when working on the sled dogs. Kate has participated in several of the veterinary/musher education days put on by Dr. Sims, and is a member of the ISDVMA.
Kate is supported by Daren, Paige, Erin, Tara and Erika.
Head Race Marshal - Bart de Marie
Bart is an aeronautical engineer from trade who now works as an IT network Solutions specialist in Prince Albert, SK. He lives with his partner, Karinna and their two sons, William and Samuel in Christopher Lake, SK.
Bart has been involved with the Canadian Challenge Sled Dog race since 2005, where he saw his brother run the 12 dog race. The year after he ran the 6 dog race and has since participated 3 more times as a musher in the 12 dog race in 2008, 2009 and 2013. He also has been involved in helping organizing this race as a volunteer trail worker, website developer or as a handler for his brother and for the past few years as a member of the board of directors of the Gateway North Sled Dog Race Association. Bart is so far also the only Saskatchewan resident ever to run and finish the Yukon Quest Sled Dog race. A 1000 mile long distance race that runs from Fairbanks Alaska to Whitehorse Yukon. He ran this race in 2010.
Other races include the Fort St. James 200, Torch River run and some other smaller local mid distance races over the years.
Race Marshal - Jim Cunningham
Jim has raced Siberian Huskies for 18 years in US and Canada ending his racing career at the IFSS World Championships in Dawson City, Yukon representing Canada.
Have been marshalling for the past 22 years in the USA and Canada in different categories from sprints to ski-joring to distance.
Accredited Race Marshal by the International Federation of Sleddog Sport and the Siberian Husky Club of Canada.
President: Stefaan De Marie
Vice President: Anna Bolvin
Treasurer: Aaron Robinson
Board Members: Bart De Marie, Gerry Walker, Tanja Tabel, Jim Williams.