Take a look out our coverage of the 2018 Young Living Race to the Sky backcountry sled dog race.
Photojournalist Reed Klass captured these portraits of mushers with their dog teams Saturday before the start of the Race to the Sky in Lincol…
SEELEY LAKE — Sleeping bags and cots lined the walls of the Seeley Lake Community Hall. Tables sat in the center of the room for participants and volunteers to eat, mingle and warm up with some coffee or hot chocolate.
LINCOLN — A musher with aspirations of competing in Alaska’s Iditarod followed one of that marathon sled dog race’s most seasoned veterans across the finish line late Monday at the Montana Race to the Sky.
LINCOLN — Jessie Royer drove her dog team through the finish line Monday night, creating history as the Young Living Race to the Sky’s first-ever four time champion, and sixth consecutive woman to win the long race.
Not only do the mushers of the Race to the Sky battle each other, but they battle the sometimes inhospitable elements they race in. Conditions for this year's race have been cold with temperatures well below zero at night and this means care for the dogs is paramount. The intimacy of the teams' relationship is on full display as the mushers and handlers go to extreme lengths to ensure the comfort and performance of their canine athletes.
They’ve etched their names in Race to the Sky lore, a pair of women who helped define Montana’s foremost dogsled race in the 1990s and those who’ve come to dominate the winner’s circle in recent years.