Race to the Sky is Montana’s premier winter sporting event. We are part of the Rocky Mountain Triple Crown and an Iditarod qualifier.  We are recognized as one of the most challenging and beautiful sled dog races in the world. Our Races are a test of physical strength, mental toughness, teamwork, and a special bond between “man” and his canine friends. Working together, teams negotiate the trail through Montana’s scenic Rocky Mountains. This year’s 35th year was truly a  fantastic year. We thank each and everyone of our dedicated staff and most importantly our generous sponsors and volunteers for their extraordinary hard work. Join us again next February for another exciting Race tot the Sky!


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2020 Race to the Sky

300 mile Winner 

Jessie Royer


Jessie Royer crossed the finish line at Hi-Country Snack Foods near Lincoln at 9:22 p.m. this evening with 11 energetic dogs. This is the fifth time Jessie has won the Race to the Sky.

She won the 500 mile Race to the Sky as a teenager in 1994, and the 300 mile in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2020. She didn’t run the race in 2017 and 2019 because she was running the Yukon Quest in odd years.

Jessie gives back to the sport, mentoring young mushers and new mushers alike. She finished the 2019 Alaskan Iditarod Sled Dog Race in third place and has multiple Top 10 finishes in Iditarod.



Gabe Dunham of Darby, Montana, finished 2nd at 5:51 a.m. with 10 dogs. Dunham has been mushing her Alaskan huskies for 20 years



Clayton Perry of Power, Montana, finished 3rd  6:31 a.m. with 9 dogs. Perry has been mushing his Alaskan huskies for 11 years.


Cindy Gallea of Wykoff, Minnesota 4th Place, finishing at 8:56 a.m. Tuesday morning with 11 dogs. Gallea has run Race to the Sky 500 and 300 mile race many times in her 32 year mushing career. She also has numerous Iditarod finishes as well.


Damon Ramaker of Fountain, Minnesota finished 5th one minute behind Cindy Gallea at 8:57 a.m. Tuesday morning with 8 dogs. This is Ramaker’s third Race to the Sky 300. He got started skijoring with hunting dogs and then handled for Cindy Gallea and now runs his own team. They ran together for most of the race.


Kevin Mathis, From Monona Iowa, crossed the finish line at Hi-Country Snack Foods at 2:06 p.m. Tuesday with 8 dogs. He is the red lantern recipient for this year’s Race to the Sky.




2020 Race to the Sky

100 mile winner 

Josi Thyr

Josi Thyr is a 26 year old musher from Seeley Lake, Montana. She has been mushing for 12 years now racing Alaskan huskies. She Finished with 8 Dogs. Josi  was awarded the Jack Beckstrom Best Cared for Team Award. 


Scott White

Hometown: Snohomish Washington
Bib #16

Charmayne Morrison

Bozeman Montana
BIB #17

Christina Gibson

Carlton, Washington


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tales from our race manager


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Explore the Area

Our educational 


For teachers and students alike, this 40 Page book is loaded with information, stories, games and  artwork  that is sure to bring the history of Montana Sled Dog Racing to the classroom. For more on what we offer, visit our Educational page or download a copy of  our Book today!


Jack Beckstrom

A Legend


Jack Beckstrom was one of the original founders of Race to the Sky. It was his vision in the very beginning and for the next 34 years, he worked tirelessly to make sure this race thrived, attracting dog mushers from all over the lower 48, Canada and Alaska. For more on Jack, visit here 

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