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History of the OWC Race

The following article written for the 1961 ASDRA Dog Musher publication details the early history and evolution of the race.


Bigger and Better
By Doris Lake

Many areas kept the sport of dog racing alive, but in the more populous areas, where the cities were growing by leaps and bounds there was no time to be bothered with dogs. In Anchorage an occasional challenge would be made and accepted and the people would gather for the fun, but with the war, even that stopped.
In 1946, a local dog team owner and race enthusiast, Earl Norris arranged a 17 1/2 mile exhibition race with Jake Butler of Gulkanna and a freighting team from Fort Richardson.