Applications open for Nunavik’s annual dog sled race

Race leaves Tasiujaq March 19 to finish line in Kangiqsujuaq

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Ivakkak mushers Aisa Surusilak and Aiplie Qumaluk celebrate their first-place victory at the race’s finish line in Ivujivik last April 15. This year’s race will start in Tasiujaq and end in Kangiqsujuaq. (PHOTO BY P. DUNNIGAN)


Ivakkak mushers Aisa Surusilak and Aiplie Qumaluk celebrate their first-place victory at the race’s finish line in Ivujivik last April 15. This year’s race will start in Tasiujaq and end in Kangiqsujuaq. (PHOTO BY P. DUNNIGAN)

Nunavik dog mushers—what are you doing this March?

Makivik Corp.’s Ivakkak dog sled race is taking applications for its 2018 event.

Nunavik’s annual dog team race is set to leave the Ungava coast community of Tasiujaq on March 19.

Racers will pass through Aupaluk, Kangirsuk and Quaqtaq on their way to the race’s finish line in Kangiqsujuaq, along the Hudson coast.

Organizers estimate the race will finish March 28, but bad weather and poor conditions can easily postpone the event.

Last year, it took 2017 Ivakkak champion Aisa Surusilak 20 days to race from Umiujaq to Ivujivik because of blizzards and a strange illness that affected a number of the dog teams.

The veteran musher placed first along with co-musher and Ivakkak newcomer, 17-year-old Aiplie Qumaluk.

Makivik Corp. first launched Ivakkak in 2001 to promote the Inuit tradition of dog sledding in the region. 2018 marks the 17th edition of the race.

Application forms are available in Inuktitut and English on Ivakkak’s website.

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