• Huge Crowds In Ashton's Early Days
  • Excited dogs at the start line
  • Centennial Race
  • 1922 Dog Derby Winners
  • Mutt Race
  • Classic Postcard
  • Weight Pull Struggle
  • Centennial Race
  • Mutt race start ready to go
  • Centennial Race
  • 1st place finisher 40miler Dee Ogden
  • 1st place finisher 25miler Kayla Corcoran beating Marcy Burrell

The Oldest All-American Dog Sled Race

February 14, 2019 to February 16, 2019

From 1917 when Tud Kent won the first American Dog Derby during a blinding blizzard to this year’s races, the running of the dogs in Ashton is an exciting event rich in history. There are 5 different races offered and a start/finish line full of activities including a celebrity race, a snowshoe race, and a weight pull in which spectators and their dogs can compete. Read more about the historical American Dog Derby's past

There are different races offered and a start/finish line full of activities including a celebrity race, a snowshoe race, and a weight pull in which spectators and their dogs can compete.

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News

1924: Idaho Mushers Influenced Dog Sled Design

A champion Canadian team entered the American Dog Derby of 1924 and introduced the "northern" sled to the American Dog Derby. It was driven by Shorty Russak (second from left) of Montreal but Shorty did not win the 1924 Derby. Sixteen-year-old Ashton schoolboy, Ollcott Zarn (far left), upset the field of champions by winning 1924 American Dog Derby in an exciting sprint to the finish carrying one of his dogs, unconscious from exhaustion, on his sled. The northern sled had made an impression on the Idaho mushers, however.