BIGHORN MOUNTAINS — The second annual Bighorn Rush set for Saturday and Sunday aims to promote dog-powered and winter sports in the Bighorn Mountains.
The Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area, host of the race, is located along Wyoming State Highway 14 about 10 miles south of Burgess Junction. The trails mostly sit between 8,500 and 9,800 feet above sea level. This is a two-day event, with mushers racing the same course both days. All races start and finish at the same location — adjacent to the ski lodge. Races include a 25-mile loop, 11-mile loop, 6-mile loop, 2-mile loop (exhibition recreation run), 2-mile skijor loop and a 100-yard dash for kids. The 25-mile and 11-mile courses include a fair number of ups and downs. Food will be available for purchase at the race for both spectators and mushers.
According to the website, the schedule will be:
6 p.m. Pre-race mushers meeting at the Dayton Community Center in Dayton, WY
8 a.m. Check-in
8:30 a.m. Trail meeting
9 a.m. Races begin, with the longest races first
For more information or to register for the races, see BighornRushSledDogChallenge.itsyourrace.com.