The Bachelor Butte Dog Derby is a return to racing sled dogs in the Cascade mountains near Bend/Sunriver, Oregon. The event is a trophy race scheduled for March 2-3, 2013 at Wanoga sno-park. This is an opportunity to experience the splendor of the the Cascades and contest one's dog team on world class terrain. The courses will be challenging and the classes offered somewhat nostalgic.
The short course is a 4.25 mile loop that features some climbing; tight, downhill turns, a mile long straight-away, and a dramatic otter slide hill into the finish at Wanoga. This will be a 5-dog maximum for sprint teams and a separate 3-dog ski-jor event. We plan to offer the 9-dog 9 mile course, and a 9-mile advanced skijor race again in 2012! (Please see entry form for pre-qualification information for the 9-mile skijor event.)
The middle distance course is 22.5 miles of beautifully groomed trails and promises to be different...this is to be an open class event! Mushers can start with as few as six swifts in tow and hook-up as many as they can safely control. As teams depart Wanoga sno-park they will climb the otter slide that is trail #4 and climb for about 4 miles. At trail #25 the teams will descend for 6 miles through junctions and tree tunnels and circumnavigate Wanoga Butte. The return is a climb up trail #25 and 4 miles of mostly downhill to the finish.
New this year: 7-dog 15-mile class, set to be in line with other 'mid-distance' events in the PNW.
We'll try to run all the classes early this year, with 9-dog out first, followed shortly after by Open, then all the shorter races run inside the 25-miler.
Contact Shay Miller at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Polly Riley email@example.com or 541-420-1063
Junior course map
5 mile sprint course map 700 kb
9 mile sprint course map 860 kb
15-mile 7-dog mid course map 2 mb
25 mile open course map 2.4 mb
Remember that Deschutes National Forest requires that all straw - including the straw in your dog boxes - be certified weed free!