Watch your favourite dog sled teams at the Canadian Challenge!

Want an awesome way to experience the mushing rush of winter? Watch local dog teams compete in the Canadian Challenge International Sled Dog Race!


The Canadian Challenge is Saskatchewan’s toughest sled dog race, and it’s such an amazing experience, SaskTel has sponsored it since 1998 when it first started. It’s the nation's longest race, all covered by SaskTel’s LTE networks.

The action starts at noon at Elk Ridge Resort on Tuesday February 19th. When the race starts, mushers and their dog teams will sprint north, in 2-minute intervals, on their well-below-freezing adventures over frozen lakes and through our stunning Saskatchewan forests. This is Canada’s premier sled dog race and a big qualifier for the Iditarod & Yukon Quest competitions.

Everyone is welcome to watch the start of the races—it’s free admission for all—and at checkpoints along their journey. Here are the best spots to see the mushers and their dogs. You can easily post action photos of the pups, too, as our powerful network covers all of the race routes.

Dog teams run in three pack sizes (12-dog, 8-dog, and 6-dog) and three race lengths:

  • 12-Dog Race: 512 km, starts at Elk Ridge Resort, finishes at La Ronge
  • 8-Dog Race: 286 km, starts at Elk Ridge Resort, finishes at La Ronge
  • Open Race: 73 km, starts and finishes at Elk Ridge Resort

There are cash prizes, depending on the size of the team—although most mushers are happy to get their dogs’ paws safely across the finish line.

Meet your Saskatchewan mushers!

Amanda Grant, 6-DOG OPEN

  • Mushing years: 8+
  • Home: Raised in Grandora, SK she lives & trains in Unity, SK
  • Occupation: Accounting clerk
  • Interests: Guitar, piano, singing, hunting, gardening & fishing
  • Experience: 2012 to 2018 - Torch River Run - placed between 4th and 7th over the years

Jairo Demafelix, 6-DOG OPEN

  • Mushing years: Rookie year
  • Home: Born in Batangas, Philippines, Jairo moved to Unity, SK when he was 12 years old
  • Occupation: Grade 12 student
  • Interests: Football, soccer, and basketball
  • Experience: This is Jairo’s first race!

Gerry Walker, 12-DOG RACE

  • Mushing years: 15+
  • Kennel: Smokey Hill Kennel
  • Home: Pierceland, SK
  • Occupation: Retired
  • Interests: Hunting, fishing, rodeo, ranching, and his grandchildren
  • Experience: Gerry won the Canadian Challenge last year, and has competed in Torch River, Race to the Sky, Percy DeWolf, and the Caledonia Classic

Anna Bolvin, 12-DOG RACE

  • Mushing years: 11+
  • Kennel: Yesican
  • Home: Porcupine Plain, SK
  • Occupation: Kennel manager
  • Experience: Sprint mid-distance races in BC, Quesnel 2012, Torch River Run 2012-2015, Canadian Challenge 2013-2018, Eagle Cap Extreme 2015

Sid Robinson, 8-DOG RACE

  • Mushing years: 25+
  • Home: La Ronge, SK
  • Occupation: Retired
  • Interests: Canoeing in summer, skiing and dog mushing in winter
  • Experience: Ran a few sprint races, the La Ronge Neckbone 10 times, and the Canadian Challenge every year except one

Want to catch all the action? Follow all the Canadian Challenge excitement on their website, Twitter, and Instagram. We’ll also be showcasing the race on maxTV on Demand. And stay tuned for our upcoming story on a Saskatchewan musher and her super cute athlete pups!

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