Announcing a new mid-distance Iditarod qualifier in the heart of Idaho's West Central Mountains near McCall, Idaho.
Early in Idaho's history, travel by sled dog was the only way to get around during winter in the Idaho backcountry. Over time, dog teams were replaced by modern technology. To honor and remember the rich history of dog team travel as part of Idaho's heritage, the McCall Ultra Sled Dog Challenge brings this exciting sport back to the gate of Idaho's vast backcountry wilderness.
As a 237 mile Iditarod qualifying race, the Challenge will attract world-class sled dog teams to one of Idaho’s most pristine winter playgrounds. Race dates fit nicely between the Eagle Cap Extreme in Oregon and Race to the Sky in Montana, offering three events in close proximity.
Our primary focus is on sled dog safety, enriching mushers' experience in the sport, educating the community about sled dogs and racing, and providing a unique, family-friendly event for our communities that will benefit local winter economies.
Establishing an annual Iditarod qualifier sled dog race as a McCall wintertime activity in keeping with the wilderness sports and recreation spirit of Idaho. Focus is on honesty, integrity and the health and well-being of the dogs.