Tight finishes at Hot Hounds races

Nine seconds is not a lot of time. That's all that separated first and second place, not in one race, but over three at the Hot Hounds event at Can I Mush Kennel at the Takhini River Lodge on Sunday.

Nine seconds is not a lot of time.

That’s all that separated first and second place, not in one race, but over three at the Hot Hounds event at Can I Mush Kennel at the Takhini River Lodge on Sunday.

The top two finishers were close and each of the three races had a different winner at the Dog Powered Sports Association of the Yukon event.

The conditions made for fast times, said host Jean-Marc Champeval.

“It’s a fast trail compared to what we have usually. It’s flat and very fast,” he said. “And the weather was perfect for the dogs: not too cold, not too warm, not sunny. Just perfect.”

Champeval took first in the two-dog two-mile bikejor, beating Cynthia Corriveau by just three seconds with a time of 7:36. He doesn’t feel he had much of a home field advantage.

“I’m not sure it’s an advantage because the dogs want to go back to the kennel when we pass by the kennel,” said Champeval, who raced with his dogs Brave and Black Bear. “It’s not always an advantage to be at home.”

Virginia Sarrazin had the closest win on the day, taking the one-dog one-mile canicross by just one second over Adam Robinson.

“It was a good training race for the dogs because there was someone on the trail, so they can get distracted,” said Sarrazin, who ran the canicross with dog Spike. “There were people close to the finish line and we were also passing Jean-Marc’s kennel, so the dogs could get distracted by that. So it was a good way to learn how to not get distracted.

“It was challenging for Jean-Marc because the dogs just wanted to go back to his kennel.”

It was Champeval and Sarrazin’s first wins of the Hot Hounds season, but not for Corriveau who won the one-dog one-mile bikejor.

Corriveau, who outpaced Champeval by five seconds, won the two-dog two-mile bikejor in the season opener at the end of May and both bikejor races at the second Hot Hounds earlier this month.

“It was a good turnout, for all the three races actually,” said Sarrazin. “Everything went well, everyone was happy. Jean-Marc did a really great job at preparing the trail … And the rain was there to refresh us.”

Contact Tom Patrick at



Bikejor (one dog/one mile)

1st Cynthia Corriveau – 3:48

2nd Jean-Marc Champeval – 3:53

3rd Adam Robinson – 4:02

4th Armin Johnson – 4:12

5th Claudia Wickert – 4:24

6th Christiane Champeval – 5:00

7th Eugenie Champeval – 5:05

8th Alex Rochat – 6:34

9th Jon Lucas – 7:54

Bikejor (two dogs/two miles)

1st Jean-Marc Champeval – 7:36

2nd Cynthia Corriveau – 7:39

3rd Adam Robinson – 8:24

4th Alex Rochat – 8:29

5th Jon Lucas – 8:40

6th Virginia Sarrazin – 10:01

7th Pascal Krebs – 10:30

Canicross (one dog/one mile)

1st Virginia Sarrazin – 5:27

2nd Adam Robinson – 5:28

3rd Hombert De Sesmaisons – 5:36

4th Armin Johnson – 5:40

5th Cynthia Corriveau – 7:35

6th Trine Hjerrild – 8:27

7th Jon Lucas – 10:22

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Children’s performer Claire Ness poses for a photo for the upcoming annual Pivot Festival. “Claire Ness Morning” will be a kid-friendly performance streamed on the morning of Jan. 30. (Photo courtesy Erik Pinkerton Photography)
Pivot Festival provides ‘delight and light’ to a pandemic January

The festival runs Jan. 20 to 30 with virtual and physically distant events

The Boulevard of Hope was launched by the Yukon T1D Support Network and will be lit up throughout January. It is aimed at raising awareness about Yukoners living with Type 1 diabetes. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Boulevard of Hope sheds light on Type 1 diabetes

Organizers hope to make it an annual event

City of Whitehorse city council meeting in Whitehorse on Oct. 5, 2020. An updated council procedures bylaw was proposed at Whitehorse city council’s Jan. 18 meeting that would see a few changes to council meetings and how council handles certain matters like civil emergencies. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Whitehorse procedures bylaw comes forward

New measures proposed for how council could deal with emergencies

A Yukon survey querying transportation between communities has already seen hundreds of participants and is the latest review highlighting the territory’s gap in accessibility. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Multiple reports, survey decry lack of transportation between Yukon communities

A Community Travel survey is the latest in a slew of initiatives pointing to poor accessibility

Mobile vaccine team Team Balto practises vaccine clinic set-up and teardown at Vanier Catholic Secondary School. Mobile vaccine teams are heading out this week to the communities in order to begin Moderna vaccinations. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Mobile vaccine teams begin community vaccinations

“It’s an all-of-government approach”

A file photo of grizzly bear along the highway outside Dawson City. Yukon conservation officers euthanized a grizzly bear Jan. 15 that was originally sighted near Braeburn. (Alistair Maitland/Yukon News file)
Male grizzly euthanized near Braeburn

Yukon conservation officers have euthanized a grizzly bear that was originally sighted… Continue reading

Mayor Dan Curtis listens to a councillor on the phone during a city council meeting in Whitehorse on April 14, 2020. Curtis announced Jan. 14 that he intends to seek nomination to be the Yukon Liberal candidate for Whitehorse Centre in the 2021 territorial election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Whitehorse mayor seeking nomination for territorial election

Whitehorse mayor Dan Curtis is preparing for a run in the upcoming… Continue reading

Gerard Redinger was charged under the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> with failing to self-isolate and failing to transit through the Yukon in under 24 hours. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Man ticketed $1,150 at Wolf Creek campground for failing to self-isolate

Gerard Redinger signed a 24-hour transit declaration, ticketed 13 days later

Yukon Energy, Solvest Inc. and Chu Níikwän Development Corporation are calling on the city for a meeting to look at possibilities for separate tax rates or incentives for renewable energy projects. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Tax changes sought for Whitehorse energy projects

Delegates call for separate property tax category for renewable energy projects

Yukon University has added seven members to its board of governors in recent months. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
New members named to Yukon U’s board of governors

Required number of board members now up to 17

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Your Northern regulatory adventure awaits!

“Your Northern adventure awaits!” blared the headline on a recent YESAB assessment… Continue reading

Yukoner Shirley Chua-Tan is taking on the role of vice-chair of the social inclusion working group with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ oversight panel and working groups for the autism assessment. (Submitted)
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences names Yukoner to panel

Shirley Chua-Tan is well-known for a number of roles she plays in… Continue reading

Most Read