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The Canadian Championship Dog Derby is the main event at the Long John Jamboree that took place, this year, March 24-26 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. 10-dog teams from all over North America race in a 150-kilometre race, held over three days. Further to the main event, the Canadian Championship Dog Derby Association hosted six additional races this year.

Competitors in the
Ava Lizotte Memorial 2 Dog Race. Winner Cole Lizotte holds his large trophy. © Fran Hurcomb (2)

The additional races reflect the Association’s commitment to develop young mushers and involve a wide range of racers. Several races are designed for youth who are looking to build their experience, while others allow kennels to enter shorter distance competitions.

Congratulations to Jaden Daniel Grant Beck who wins the 2017 Canadian Championship Dog Derby with a time of 7:49:26 for the final race. Jaden led the race from the beginning of Race 1 to pull off the win this year.

Cole Lizotte came up the winner in this year’s first Annual Ava Lizotte Memorial two-dog race, with a completed race time of 3:16.

Dominion Diamond Corporation was once again the Title Sponsor of the Dog Derby race.