A Sled Dog Race in the Heart of Idaho
McCall Ultra Challenge
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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.

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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.
Meet the mushers - January 27 4:30pm
Learn about this challenging sport
Broken Horn Brewing Company
201 Mission St. McCall, ID

CEREMONIAL START - January 28 2:00 pm
Sled Dog Ride Bids Opens Jan. 16 (Details)
Ponderosa State Park Activity Center 

OFFICIAL START - January 29 1:00 pm​
Start at Bear Creek Lodge 3492 Hwy 55 McCall

FINISH – January 31 - Teams may arrive from 1:00 AM on - 
come join the all night festivities. Check the live tracking page 
for updated musher sled positions
 Bear Creek Lodge 3492 Hwy 55 McCall

AWARDS BANQUET: Wednesday, January 31 at 6:30 pm
Bear Creek Lodge - (Tickets Required $25.00 pp purchase on Race page)
Astronaut John Herrington will compare this ancient from of travel with space travel (Details)

​Note: Please leave All Pets at Home
For complete race schedule and details and to track 
the musher sleds during the race,
Be sure to visit the RACE PAGE
1927 Idaho Backcountry
A young man wearing a backpack leads a dog team through a snowy trail.
Stonebraker Photograph Collection, University of Idaho Library Digital Initiatives
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Operating on U.S. Forest Service land under permit from Boise and Payette National Forests.  


  In appreciation of Ponderosa State Park 
for housing the mushers and dogs

Wellington Checkpoint at Smith Ferry was removed due to unfavorable conditions.
Please monitor the website for any updates.
  In appreciation to DF Development for permitting the mushers and dogs
 across the land