Here’s the official Hudson Bay Quest results for the top three finishers in Gillam. We will post the complete official results Monday or Tuesday. Congratulations to all the mushers and all the volunteers that made the 2016 Hudson Bay Quest a great race!
Bib # 7 Ryan Anderson in at 17:26:43 Bib # 5 Shawn McCarty in at 18:42:56 Bib # 11 Peter McClelland in at 20:16:52
Finish line at the HBQ in Gillam. HBQ photo.
Peter McClelland at the Hudson Bay Quest finish line. HBQ photo.
Hudson Bay Quest winner Ryan Anderson. HBQ photo.
Hudson Bay Quest runner – up Sean McCarty. HBQ photo.
Here’s the updated musher roster for the 2016 Hudson Bay Quest. This year’s race leaves Churchill heading towards Gillam on March 17th…yes St. Patrick’s Day. Let’s hope the luck of the Irish is with the mushers and helps with the weather. As the race draws nearer we will have updates and musher profiles.This year’s race will be another exciting event in the north!
1.) Dan DiMuzio Kennel – Sleddog Energy Churchill, MB
2.) Charlie Lundie Kennel – Charlie’s Kennel Churchill, MB
3.) David Daley Kennel – Wapusk Adventures Churchill, MB
4.) Justin Allen Kennel – Wapusk Adventures Churchill, MB
5.) Peter McClelland Kennel – White Wilderness Ely, MN, USA
6.) Shawn McCarty Kennel – White Wilderness Ely, MN, USA
7.) Jamie Nelson Kennel – Rocky Glenn Togo, MN, USA
8.) Craig Houghton Kennel – Craig and Sean Racing Dogs Fort St. James, BC
9.) Leanne Bergen Kennel – Gone to the Dogs Racing Sioux Lookout, ON
10.) Matt Groth Kennel – Grand Marais Sled a Dog Adventures Grand Marais, MN, USA
11.) Ryan Anderson Kennel – AnderTier Racing Ray, MN, USA
12.) Stefaan De Marie Kennel – Akela’s Den Racing Kennel Christopher Lake, SK
Traditionally the HBQ has around 17 mushers in the final field. registration is open and we expect a few more entrants.
Polar bears get all the press in Churchill, Manitoba. They are why most travelers head north to the Hudson Bay shoreline… hoping to see the “king of the Arctic”. Another animal is quite prevalent in the area and they inhabit the town year-round.
Sled dogs of different breeds are scattered all across the tundra on the outskirts of town. Mushers locate them in groups of 10-50 in designated areas on crown land leased for that purpose. With the increasing popularity of dog-sledding from a tourism standpoint as well as the increase in passion for professional endurance races such as the Hudson Bay Quest, the iconic “husky” sled dog has become an animal attraction for those wanting to get the full flavor of the Arctic.
Enjoy these fantastic photographs from Churchill…the new “sled dog” capitol of the north!
Hudson Bay Quest race start 2014 in Churchill, MB. Brad Josephs photo.
Canadian Eskimo sled dog outside Arctic Trading Company in Churchill. Karen Walker photo.
Sled dog team waiting for the signal in Churchill.
Sled dog taking a quick rest between runs in Churchill.
Churchill musher Charlie Lundie and his dog team. Steve Selden photo.
Churchill sled dogs going for the gold. Brad Josephs photo.
Dog sledding in the north is part of the fabric of the culture. Enjoy this documentary of the Inuit lifestyle. Following another successful Hudson Bay Quest on the heels of the Iditarod in Alaska, this documentary gives good insight into the extent dogs play in northern peoples culture. Everywhere you go in Churchill dog yards or remnants of old ones exist. Over the past decade dog sledding interest in Churchill has peaked. With the way the mushing scene is gaining traction all over the world it can only continue to grow even more.