Young Living Race to the Sky
February 9-12, 2018

Welcome to our thirty-third year. The 2018 Young Living Race to the Sky is a 300 mile race and a 100 mile race for juniors and a 100 mile race for adults. Our races travel from Lincoln, Ovando, Seeley Lake for the 100 mile finish and 300 milers continue back through Ovando and finish at Hi-Country Snack Foods near Lincoln. Events will begin Friday in Lincoln for 100 and 300 mile racers and the exciting start on Saturday in Lincoln for all teams. Join us for another exciting Race to the Sky!

Race Day

The 2018 Young Living Race to the Sky – February 9-13, 2018

300 & 100 mile adult and & 100 mile junior sled dog races

We are proud to announce Young Living as our premiere name sponsor.

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TO:                  All media

FROM:           Pam Beckstrom,

RE:                  Finishers for 300 Mile Sled Dog Race

RELEASE:      Immediately

Dylan Harris of Tabiona, Utah, finished the 2018 Young Living Race to the Sky 300 at 9:51 Monday evening with 9 dogs.  He takes second place.  He is a 27 year old musher who ran his first race in 2000 at the Wyoming Stage Stop 4 dog Junior Race.  He has also run the Canadian Open Sled Dog Race in 2014.

Third place goes to last year’s champion, Laurie Warren of Council, Idaho, who finished at 10:26 p.m. with 8 dogs.  Laurie has received the 2015 and 2016 Best Cared for Team Award for the Race to the Sky 100 and has been running dogs for seven years.  Her two sons, Trevor (won third in Young Living Race to the Sky 100 this year) and Garrett (has run Race to the Sky a couple of times) encouraged her to try racing and that’s how she got started.  She has run Race to the Sky six times since.

Brett Bruggeman of Great Falls, Montana, finished in fourth place at 11:36 p.m. Monday evening with 10 dogs. Bruggeman has been mushing for 7 years with his son, Spencer, responsible for getting him interested in sled dogs. He won the 2016 Eagle Cap extreme 200 and has run the race six times.

Damon Ramaker of Fountain, Minnesota, was next in at 4:45 early Tuesday morning at Hi-Country Snack Foods archway followed by Cindy Gallea of Fountain, Minnesota at 4:45 with 9 dogs.  Miriam Osredkar of Fairfield, Montana receives the red lantern award finishing Tuesday morning at 5:50 a.m. with 10 dogs.

Jessie Royer of Tabiona, Utah, won the 2018 Young Living Race to the Sky 300 mile sled dog race at 7:23 Monday evening.

1st Place          Jessie Royer, Tabiona, Utah, 7:23 p.m. Monday, 10 dogs

2nd Place         Dylan Harris, Tabiona, Utah, 9:51 p.m. Monday, 9 dogs


3rd Place         Laurie Warren, Council, Idaho, 10:26 p.m. Monday, 8 dogs

4th Place         Brett Bruggeman, Great Falls, Montana, 11:36 p.m. Monday, 10 dogs

5th Place        Damon Ramaker, Fountain, Minnesota, 4:38 a.m. Tuesday, 9 dogs

6th Place       Cindy Gallea, Wykoff, Minnesota, 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, 9 dogs

7th Place       Miriam Osredkar, Fairfield, Montana, 5:50 a.m. Tuesday, 10 dogs


Awards Ceremony:  Head Vet Kathy Topham presented the Best Cared for Team Award to Jessie Royer for excellent dog care during the race.  She received a 12 dog cable-filled gangline from Adanac Sleds & Equipment.

The Sportsmanship Award was presented by Race Marshall Rob Greger to Jeff Pace, Jessie Royer’s handler, for helping other teams.



JESSIE ROYER of Tabiona, Utah, won the 2018 Young Living Race to the Sky 300 Mile Sled Dog Race at 7:23 p.m. Monday night.  She finished with 10 dogs.  Royer has been mushing for 26 years.  From 2008-2011, she was the highest placing female in Iditarod.  She received the Rookie of the Year Award at her first Iditarod in 2001 and consistently finished in the top 20 and three times in the top 10.  She was the youngest musher to win the 500 Mile Race to the Sky in 1994 as a 17 year old.  She won the 2015 and 2016 Race to the Sky 350 mile race and now the 2018 300 mile race.

Video of Jessie’s Young Living Race to the Sky finish on Montana’s Race to the Sky Fb page.  Like US.

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300 Mile Mushers, Cindy Gallea and Damon Ramaker (left) just before they left Seeley Lake II   

for White Tail Ranch just before 9 a.m. Monday morning (below) Cindy Gallea

early this morning checking each dog.


Resting at Seeley Lake II, crisp -17 degrees

                                                                                                                           Alaskan husky anxiously awaiting breakfast.  Brett                                                                                                                                     Bruggeman is the 300 mile musher at Seeley Lake II.


Courtesy of Laura Daugereau

The 100 Mile Young Living Race to the Sky finished Sunday

1st place          Rick Larsen at 7:06 a.m. Sunday (photo below)

2nd place         Clayton Perry at 7:07 a.m. Sunday

3rd place         Trevor Warren at 7:54 a.m. Sunday

4th place         Spencer Bruggeman at 8:01 a.m. Sunday

5th place         Madeline Rubella at 8:26 a.m. Sunday

6th place         Skyler Olsen at 8:27 a.m. Sunday

7th place         Roy Etnire at 8:35 a.m. Sunday

8th place         Rex Mumford at 8:52 a.m. Sunday

9th place         Matt Hamel at 10:30 a.m. Sunday

The awards ceremony took place this afternoon at the Seeley Lake Checkpoint. The Sportsmanship Award was given by Race Marshall Rob Greger to Roy Etnire of Seeley Lake for his assistance on trail coordination and helping other mushers.

The Best Cared for Team Award was presented by Head Veterinarian Kathy Topham to Clayton Perry for excellent dog care throughout the race.

Charmayne Morrison (Junior Race), Steve Madsen (100 Mile Race) and Rick Katucki (300 Mile Race) withdrew.

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