Wackerhagen sweeps Hot Hounds races

Even with loud claps of thunder, Stefan Wackerhagen's dogs kept their eyes on the prize at the latest Hot Hounds race series at Takhini Hot Springs on Sunday.

Even with loud claps of thunder, Stefan Wackerhagen’s dogs kept their eyes on the prize at the latest Hot Hounds race series at Takhini Hot Springs on Sunday.

While some other dogs were wary of the thunder and might have preferred hiding under a bed, Wackerhagen and his dogs won all three races in what was the summer’s third installment of the Hot Hounds races, organized by the Dog Powered Sport Association of the Yukon (DPSAY).

Taking second in both bikejor events was Cynthia Corriveau, finishing just four seconds behind Wackerhagen in the one-mile event. Corriveau won one of the two races in the July edition of Hot Hounds.

However, Wackerhagen has been a force to be reckoned with both in summer and winter – in bikejor and skijor.

Wackerhagen won two out of three races in the season opener in June, and finished second in the third race. (He was absent from July’s races.)

He also won three out of five skijor races in this past winter’s Yukon Brewing Twister Race Series, organized by DPSAY.

Wackerhagen won the 30-mile skijor for the second year in a row at the Carbon Hill Sled Dog Race in January, setting a new course record in the process. He was the only skijorer to finish the River Runner 100 in 2011.

The next Hot Hounds event will be hosted by Yukon Quest legend Hans Gatt at his house in Golden Horn on September 16. In addition to the canicross races and the two-mile bikejor races, the event will feature a freight-pull event and a mass start bikejor race.

Find out more at dpsay.wordpress.com.

Results

One-mile bikejor (one dog)

1st Stefan Wackerhagen – 3:53

2nd Cynthia Corriveau – 3:57

3rd Claudia Wickert – 4:16

4th Valerie Bussiers – 4:36

5th Ann Bowen – 4:59

6th Virginia Sarrazin – 5:17

Janet Keller – DNF

Two-mile bikejor (two dog)

1st Stefan Wackerhagen – 5:07

2nd Cynthia Corriveau – 5:35

3rd Valerie Bussiers – 6:02

4th Fabian Schmitz – 6:03

5th Robert Sieffe – 8:50

6th Janet Keller – 9:11

One-mile canicross (one dog)

1st Stefan Wackerhagen – 6:04

2nd Virginia Sarrazin – 7:14

3rd Jess Heath – 7:49

4th Cynthia Corriveau – 8:37

5th Martina Sieffe – 9:21

6th Janet Keller – 11:13

Contact Tom Patrick at

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