Race to the Sky Sled Dog Competition Begins Friday

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – The annual 350-mile Race to the Sky sled dog competition in west-central Montana is set to begin Friday — and this year, organizers have made some changes to the 25-year-old event.

Race spokeswoman Pam Beckstrom says it was high time to add a junior competition in which 13- to 18-year-olds will race about 100 miles from Lincoln to the Seeley Lake Community Center. That event begins Sunday.

The addition of a junior race is just one change as the Race to the Sky celebrates its silver anniversary. This year, each musher will carry a GPS locator, and fans will be able to track the progress in real time at the race’s Web site.