The Top of the World 300 mile sled dog race is set to have its inaugural run December 27th, 2012 out of Tok, Alaska with a mass start, where teams will travel together in sort of a fun run style into Eagle Village where Chief Juneby lived with his family and community. On December 28th, with a potluck and dance at the Eagle Village Hall, a ceremony will take place memorializing the late Chief Isaac Juneby. Teams and mushers will overnight in Eagle. The official race will start December 29th, 2012 from Eagle Village to Tok in two minute intervals with a 4 hour mandatory layover. Race finish will be in Tok with a sled dog mushers banquet New Year’s Eve.
Winners of the Top of the World 300 Miles sled dog race will receive traditional Athabaskan Beadwork trophies to the first three places and every team will receive beaded prizes all made by Eagle Village members in memory of Chief Juneby.
Chief Juneby was a member of the Han Athabascan tribe from the narrow Yukon River region between Eagle, Alaska and Moosehide in Canada’s Yukon Territory he grew up speaking his native language and was one of very few who still spoke it. When he was a child it wasn’t uncommon for his parents to put all the children into a toboggan in winter to travel by dogsled to work the family traditional traplines. When there was snow, the family would trap wolves, fox, marten, and wolverine. During the warmer months, they made their living mining gold. As an adult after a long battle with alcoholism he chose sobriety in order to focus on bringing back the traditional life and culture of his people. He leaves behind his legacy. To honor that legacy the sled dog race something Chief Juneby loved was put together with the guidance of friends and family.
Important notice to mushers considering entering the race. The race board has been meeting and organizing. Due to the fact that the highway to Eagle Village closes mid October because of the weather they need to know how many mushers are interested in doing the race so we can get an idea of how much straw for the dogs and food for the attendees and some for dogs to take out to Eagle before the road closes. Please visit the Facebook page below for contact information as the Website has not yet been created.
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