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 7-8, 2015 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 5-mile course is 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.
The 9-dog 9 mile course follows the 5-mile, with a challenging 4 mile loop tacked on. We also offer a 9-mile advanced skijor race.
Mid-distance drivers will enjoy the 7-dog 15-mile class, set to be in line with other mid-6 or 8 dog events in the Pacific Northwest.
The open class course is 22.5 miles of beautifully groomed trails. 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.
Revised this year: 3-Dog 1.5 Mile Class Sled and 1-2 dog 1.5 mile ski. Last year's twice-around the loop was difficult for the dogs to manage,so we'll work out once-around option for 2015. Minimum start with 2 dogs on the sled.
We may need to run all the classes back to back again this year, with 9-dog out first, followed shortly after by Open, then all the shorter races run inside the 25-miler.
Contact Cyndi Smidt at: email@example.com or Polly Riley firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-593-9884
2 mile 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!