Spectator Information


Make the most of your derby experience!


Where to watch

Paws and enjoy the race!

Come back closer to race day for more location and viewing information!

Race Schedule

All events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.


FEBRUARY 8, 2020

Race Headquarters
Open from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sled Dog Veterinary Checks
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meet-the-Mushers & Hug-a-Husky Event
3:00 p.m.

Mushers’ Meeting & Bib Draw
(Not open to the public)
4:00 p.m.

Mushers’ Dinner / Social at Lord Fletcher's
5:30 p.m.

FEBRUARY 9, 2020

Race Headquarters
at Excelsior Chamber of Commerce

Open from 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Opening Ceremony
9:30 a.m.

Race Start
10:00 a.m.

Finishers’ Banquet
(Must have a ticket for entrance)
4:30 p.m.

Klondike Wrap Party
(Must have a ticket for entrance)
6:30 p.m. 


Questions about
the sport?

Learn more about racing and sled dogs on our FAQ page!


Interested in
trying mushing?

Visit or do a tour with our partner sled dog tour operator, Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips.



important advice:

  • A great way to stay warm is to keep moving. Clothing doesn’t make your body warm, your body makes the clothing warm.

  • Letting your body take care of regulating its own heat is ideal, but heat packs can really help. Be sure not to drop heat packs. Dogs will find them and eat them.

  • Avoid sweating. Sweat makes you wet, then it freezes!

  • Avoid blowing on your hands—your breath adds moisture which will make your hands colder in the long run.

  • Whatever you wear for your outer layer, make sure it has a hood!

  • Circulation is important throughout your entire body – don’t wear socks that are too tight.

  • When selecting boots, anything form-fitting or with little insulation between your foot and the rubber sole is going to be too cold.

  • Even with the best gear, avoid getting wet. If you have kids that want to play in the snow, have them wait until later in the day so they don’t get too cold too early.

  • If you are unable to obtain the right gear, plan on staying close to a fire or other heat source.


Lodging Information


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The Klondike Dog Derby race organization loves animals, and we know all about the passion of enjoying outdoor activities with our pets and especially our canine friends! However, with the best interest at heart of both our sled dog athletes and your animal companions, we ask that you kindly leave your pet at home during the weekend of race activities.  Yes this rule applies to you!  We love animals and keeping them safe is our first priority. Please note, this policy will be strictly enforced during race weekend. 

ADA trained Service Animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are always welcome!


Swing back around closer to race day for more information!