ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Blayne "Buddy" Streeper has won his sixth Fur Rondy sled dog title. He won the race with a total time of 4:14:51, a full four minutes ahead of Greg Taylor in second place.
Streeper said that it was a dream run Sunday afternoon. "The trail was perfect, the team was perfect and it was a ride that you always want to remember."
Streeper described the importance of the championship growing up in a mushing family in Canada. "This was the race I grew up idolizing," said Streeper, explaining that his father and uncle competed in the race in the 1980's. Streeper's grandfather even bought a satellite to watch the Fur Rondy live on Channel 2 with 100 members of the community gathering to watch it together.
Streeper is a sprint musher who mushes out of Fort Nelson in northern British Colombia. He put his victory down to 40-years of breeding and a three-year-old leader named Elvis.
The Fur Rendezvous Festival partners with the Alaskan Sled Dog & Racing Association to organize the race. The teams run the same 25-mile route over three days. The team with lowest aggregate time is named the winner.