The Hudson Bay Quest finished this weekend without any major incidents and Ryan Anderson from Ray, Minnesota won gold with a time of 31:56:43! Ryan held off second place finisher Sean McCarty and third place finisher Peter McClelland to claim the top prize. Anderson also was awarded the Calm Air sportsmanship award as well as first to halfway honor. All in all this year’s race had fantastic weather and a great group of volunteers to facilitate all the challenges. Congratulations to all the mushers that competed in what has become one of the best races in the north!
Ryan Anderson wins the Hudson Bay quest. HBQ photo.
Ryan Anderson accepting the winners trophy. HBQ photo.
2016 Hudson Bay Quest mushers. HBQ photo.
The 2016 Vet award for exceptional animal care was presented to Jacob Heigers. HBQ photo.
Ryan Anderson also won the Calm Air sportsmanship award. HBQ photo.
As always the Canadian Rangers were key support for the 2016 Hudson Bay Quest. HBQ photo.
Owl River Update: Bib # 7 Ryan Anderson in 0750, out 0750 Bib # 5 Shawn McCarty in 0939, out 0941 Bib # 9 Stefaan De Marie in 0947, out 0948 Bib # 10 Nathaniel Hamlyn in 1004, out 1004 Bib # 4 Dan Di Muzio 1009, out 1009 Bib # 11 Peter McClelland in 1014, out 1115 Bib # 1 Charlie Lundie in 1100, and resting
Ryan Anderson from Ray, Minnesota is leading the pack of mushers surging toward Gillam, Manitoba as the annual Hudson Bay Quest dog – sled race enters the final stages today. He leads Shawn McCarty from Ely, Minnesota by nearly two hours en route to the finish line. Both mushers are past Hudson Bay Quest champions. Last year the two finished third and seventh respectively. A battle between the seasoned mushers will culminate this evening in Gillam around dinnertime. Peter McClelland, also from Ely, Minnesota is a close third just minutes behind McCarty. Churchill mushers Dave Daley and Justin Allen are forging along just behind the main pack with respectable times. These placements could change quickly as teams rest along the course. To view updated race standings go to http://www.hbqrace.com/.
The Hudson Bay Quest start in Churchill. Alex De Vries – magnifico photo.
Dave Daley’s dogs raring to go at the Hudson Bay Quest start line. Ales De Vries – Magnifico photo.
Justin Allen from Churchill tears out of the gate in the Hudson Bay Quest. Drew Hamilton photo.
Natural Habitat Adventures group arrives just in time Thursday for the Hudson Bay Quest start in Churchill. Drew Hamilton photo.
Justin cruising along in the HBQ. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.
Red Lantern bib #3 Justin Allen 54:20:12 12th place bib #8 Bob Shanahan 44:38:12 11th place bib #14 Charlie Lundie 44:08:00 10th place bib #9 Jim Oehschlaeger 40:41:30 9th place bib # 4 Dan DiMuzio 40:34:52 8th place bib #13 Kevin Malikowski 39:44:20 7th place bib #6 Ernest Azure 38:30:23 6th place bib #15 Shawn McCarty 37:50:52 5th place bib #11 Josh Compton 36:15:47 4th place bib #5 Blake Freking 35:45:51 3rd place bib #12 Troy Groeneveld 35:32:53 2nd place bib #7 Peter McClelland 34:55:41 1st place bib #1 Ryan Anderson 34:35:32
Ryan Anderson,above, from Ray, MN won the 2014 Hudson Bay Quest with a time of 34:35:32….20 minutes ahead of Ely, MN runner – up Peter McClelland . The Red Lantern bib award ( last to finish) was secured by Quest rookie Justin Allen with a time of 54:20:12…20 hours off the first place finisher Anderson.
The 210 mile race was free of any blizzard conditions this year though the temperatures were in the negative 35-40F range. With the upper half of finishers completing the course in just about a day and a half, overall the course ran pretty smooth and quick. After challenging the lead, race organizer and promoter and local Churchill resident, Dave Daley withdrew very close to the finish with cramping dogs. Unfortunately no official finish this year for Dave. I;m sure he will be counting the days until the 2015 HBQ.
Finish line in Gillam,MB. Tony Loewen photo.
Bib #7 Peter McClelland having a break at M’Clintock. Nace Hagemann photo.
Bib #5 Blake Freking providing to one of his dogs at M’Clintock. Nace Hageman photo.