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Firstmate Babe Southwick Memorial Race

Jan 28 - Jan 29

Firstmate Babe Southwick Memorial Race
2023 Firstmate Babe Southwick Memorial Race
$10,000 guaranteed purse
11:30 am: 4 Dog Class 4 miles + skijor
1 pm: 6 Dog Class 7 miles
2:30 pm 10 Dog Class 14 miles
Awards ceremony at the end of Day 2 at the tracks.
Registration online  and mushers meeting time and location TBD
Sponsored by First Mate Dog Food


Back in the days, the Yukon Sourdough Rendez-vous dog races was quite the event allowing the gathering of old friends from the communities that had not met for a year.

In 1965, the races were held for three days in the Kluane lake area. Babe Southwick drew #8 as starting position. Her team finished in the top five of the 15 miles race. That night, she died of a heart attack. On day two, ten mushers lined up at the starting gate, each wearing a black arm band. Babe’s racing number, eight, was withdrawn. Then her brother–in–law, Alex Van Bibber, took her Destruction Bay team around the course for the final two days of racing. Alex did not win but that honour went to a then-unknown musher from Carmacks, Wilfred Charlie. After that race, the number “8” remains retired from Sourdough Rendezvous dog sled races.

This year’s edition of the FirstMate Babe Southwick Memorial race will be held on January 28th and 29th, 2023 at the Ibex Valley tracks.

We would like to thank FirstMate Dog Food for supporting our race, sharing our values and providing our dogs with top quality food.



Jan 28
Jan 29
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Yukon Dog Mushers Association
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Ibex Valley
Km 1448 on the Alaska Highway
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A Canada
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