First timer wins at Hot Hounds

First-timer Ruth O’Beirne, infrequent racer Robert Siefke and mainstay Adam Robinson all picked up wins at the event hosted by the Dog Powered Sports Association of the Yukon (DPSAY) at the Takhini Hot Pools.

A newbie, a returnee and a regular won at the Hot Hounds Race event on Sunday.

First-timer Ruth O’Beirne, infrequent racer Robert Siefke and mainstay Adam Robinson all picked up wins at the event hosted by the Dog Powered Sports Association of the Yukon (DPSAY) at the Takhini Hot Pools.

“It’s all in the dog, really, I suppose,” said Whitehorse’s O’Beirne.

“I was kind of nervous when they were talking about passing and all that business. I hoped there’d be no one (to pass).”

Racing her first DPSAY event O’Beirne took first place in the one-dog one-mile bikejor race with a time of four minutes and seven seconds.

The rookie was paired up with a very experienced dog for what was her first time bikejoring. O’Beirne was partnered with Katherine Scheck’s dog Grizzly, 11, a veteran of the Hot Hounds circuit.

“It’s pretty fun. I don’t know much about DPSAY, but bikejoring is pretty fun,” said O’Beirne.

“(Grizzly) knew where the trails were so I didn’t have to do anything.”

Siefke went one-for-one on Sunday, taking first in the two-dog two-mile bikejor at 8:20. He only did the one event since his dogs, Bonnie and Opie, work best as a team.

It was his first race in a year or two, he said.

“We have two dogs and one of them knows how to pull and the other one knows how to steer — to obey commands — so I need both of them to go forward,” said Siefke. “They only work as a team, they don’t work alone.

“It was super fast, it went really good. I live close by here so we train on these trails, so they know the trails.”

In both bikejor races there were close finishes. O’Beirne beat second place’s Claudia Wickert by three seconds and Siefke outpaced second’s Cynthia Corriveau by two.

It wasn’t nearly so close in the one-dog one-mile canicross. After placing third in the bikejor races, Whitehorse’s Adam Robinson topped the field with a time of 6:30, 1:11 ahead of the second place finisher.

Robinson, who rarely misses a DPSAY event, won the same race at the previous Hot Hounds event in July.

DPSAY plans to host another DPSAY race in September, weather permitting.

Contact Tom Patrick at


One-mile bikejor

1st Ruth O’Beirne – 4:07

2nd Claudia Wickert – 4:10

3rd Adam Robinson – 4:20

4th Cynthia Corriveau – 4:30

5th Heather Robb – 5:02

6th Mattaeus Geister – 5:23

Two-mile bikejor

1st Robert Siefke – 8:20

2nd Cynthia Corriveau – 8:22

3rd Adam Robinson – 8:28

4th Sophie Firmenich – 8:41

5th Katherine Scheck – 9:22

One-mile canicross

1st Adam Robinson – 6:30

2nd Jaclyn Killins – 7:41

3rd Cynthia Corriveau – 7:42

4th Valerie Girard – 8:53

Just Posted

Willow Brewster, a paramedic helping in the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre, holds a swab used for the COVID-19 test moments before using it on Nov. 24. The Yukon government is reopening the drive-thru option on June 18. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Drive-up COVID-19 testing opening June 18 in Whitehorse

The drive-up testing will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. everyday and increase testing capacity by 33 spots

A draft plan has been released by the Dawson Regional Use Planning commission on June 15. Julien Gignac/Yukon News
Draft plan released by the Dawson Regional Land Use Planning Commission

Dawson Regional Land Use Commission releases draft plan, Government of Yukon withdraws additional lands from mineral staking in the planning region

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Let them live in trailers

“I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city… Continue reading


Wyatt’s World for June 18, 2021.… Continue reading

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Yukon News file)
Yukon logs nine new COVID-19 cases, 54 active cases

More CEMA enforcement officers have been recruited, officials say

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
City news, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council at its June 14 meeting

Murray Arsenault sits in the drivers seat of his 1975 Bricklin SV1 in Whitehorse on June 16. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Bringing the 1975 Bricklin north

Murray Arsenault remembers his dad’s Bricklin, while now driving his own

A presumptive COVID case was found at Seabridge Gold’s 3 Aces project. (file photo)
Presumptive COVID-19 case reported at mine in southeast Yukon

A rapid antigen rest found a presumptive COVID case on an incoming individual arriving at the 3Aces project

Jonathan Antoine/Cabin Radio
Flooding in Fort Simpson on May 8.
Fort Simpson asked for military help. Two people showed up.

FORT SIMPSON—Residents of a flooded Northwest Territories village expected a helping hand… Continue reading

A woman was rescued from the Pioneer Ridge Trail in Alaska on June 16. (Photo courtesy/AllTrails)
Alaska hiker chased off trail by bears flags down help

ANCHORAGE (AP)—An Alaska hiker who reported needing help following bear encounters on… Continue reading

Two participants cross the finish line at the City of Whitehorse Kids Triathlon on June 12 with Mayor Dan Curtis on hand to present medals. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
2021 Kids’ Triathlon draws 76 young athletes

Youth ages five to 14 swim, run and bike their way to finish line

NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq rises in the House of Commons, in Ottawa on May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
‘Unacceptable’ that Inuk MP felt unsafe in House of Commons, Miller says

OTTAWA—It’s a “sad reflection” on Canada that an Inuk MP feels she’s… Continue reading

Lily Witten performs her Canadian Nationals beam routine on June 14. John Tonin/Yukon News
Three Yukon gymnasts break 20-year Nationals absence

Bianca Berko-Malvasio, Maude Molgat and Lily Witten competed at the Canadian Nationals – the first time in 20 years the Yukon’s been represented at the meet

Most Read