The Alaskan Sled Dog & Racing Association, having been present in the area now called Far North Bicentennial Park since 1949, has also had an active interest in the stewardship of the park and all of its users since the inception of the Bicentennial User Group in the 80’s. As original members of this User Group, we have worked with and supported the efforts of original as well as “new” sports and users that have evolved over the last 40 years. ASDRA greatly appreciates the support we have had and believes in the rights of all groups and individuals enjoying Far North Bicentennial Park. Sled dog mushing, in the mid 80’s, was the one use excluded from multi-use trails with the understanding we would have a designated sled dog trail system that would be our responsibility to maintain.
ASDRA’s trailhead was previously relocated to the Heritage Land Bank property on MLK Blvd site in 2007 and 2008 during the road building projects. Any relocation would be to operate as we currently do on Tudor Road with the same public mission of dog mushing education and events listed in the non-profit bylaws. The easements in place for both paved bike and Tour of Anchorage (Old Rondy) trails will not be altered by ASDRA.
In 1949 the Alaskan Sled Dog and Racing Association (ASDRA) was formed to promote and preserve the great Alaskan tradition of dog mushing.
The non-profit club
puts on internationally recognized races from January 1 through the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous in February of each year. Race fees and trail fees are used to maintain the club trailhead facilities and groom the trails in Far North Bicentennial Park. The 20 miles of trail known as Tozier Track begins and ends at a 10-acre trailhead site owned by ASDRA.
A strong junior mushing program provides education and winter recreation for mushers from 4 to 17 years. Members sponsor events sharing their sport with the community and tourists.