RACE COVERAGE

Whitney McLaren Photography is offering race coverage to mushers! We love following your race as much as you love running it (we have a love/hate relationship too—we know you know what we’re talking about!)

Mushers and fans can reserve race coverage now for the 2021-2022 Season.

Just a few races I plan to attend: ACE, Copper Basin 300, TRDMA, Willow 300, Yukon Quest, and Iditarod


Race Galleries

2022 Iditarod

Though I missed the Ceremonial Start, I made it down to the Iditarod restart. Forty-nine teams left the start line of the 50th running of the Iditarod. The restart was a bluebird day, but the only real thing that is constant about the trail is change and a lot can happen in 1000 miles.
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2022 Jr Open North American

Kids from as young as 4 up to 17 years old run in this 3 day sprint race. Day 1 mushers leave in bib draw order, day two, they leave based on day one finish results, and day two they leave in reverse order with the slowest teams starting first often resulting in many passes on the trail. Trails were hard and fast this year with temperatures above 30 degrees at times. Be sure to look back further in the archives, this is the 4th year I have covered this race! Be sure to check back after Saturday to see all of the race photos.
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2022 Jr Iditarod

Fifteen mushers set off on the Denali Highway for two 64 mile loops that made up Jr. Iditarod XLV. Mushers ages range from 14-17 and from all over Alaska including two teams that had to fly from Kotzebue as well as a musher from North Dakota! The temps were warm and with awesome snow conditions the trails were hard and fast! The race was set up as a two day race and combined run times from both days determined the winner. Teams finished all within 2 1/2 hours of each other on both days and SIX SECONDS separated the champion from second place. Huge thanks is owed to the trail breaking crew (visiting and local) for maintaining an awesome trail and working hard to keep the moose at bay so all these teams could have a safe race.
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2022 Willow

Lots of trail coverage this year for the 300 and 150! Considering the weather the weeks before, the weather for the race was phenomenal and the trails were fast! Congratulations to all the teams!
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2022 Copper Basin 300

This was my fourth time covering this race and though it still had the 40 below start and reached cooler temperatures in the first nights the temperatures warmed up and even provided a touch of snow. This is one of the coldest races and provides some of the toughest 300 miles for mushers to travel.
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2021 ACE

67 miles down the Denali Highway to the Alpine Creek Lodge only accessible to dog teams and snow machines in the winter.
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2021 Kobuk 440

This was my first time covering this race and it was a challenge in many aspects for mushers, trail breakers, officials and volunteers. The weather didn’t want to cooperate, 30 minutes before the official start time it was 8 below with a windchill of 34 below with less than a mile (if that) of visibility. This race is often a beautiful spring event, but in 2021 it proved why it has been titled “The toughest race above the Arctic Circle.”
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2021 Iditarod

Thanks to Rock on Racing, I was able to get to a spot just a few miles out the trail for the day of the start. Mushers were still just starting their race, but it was a beautiful day and we were able to see all the mushers pass us by.
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2021 North Pole Championships

Teaming up with Nathanael Hardy, together we were able to each cover a day of the race of the North Pole Championships.
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2021 Junior Open North American Championships

Taking photos of the future of sprint and distance mushers is so fun! Check out all these kids, serious and not so serious having a great time out on the runners.
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2021 Two Rivers 100/200

Teaming up with Cross Fox Photography for a second season, we offered race coverage to mushers! We love following the race as much mushers love running it (we have a love/hate relationship too—if you’re a musher or fan, you know you know what I’m talking about!). *Full Gallery to be complete within a week of the race finish.
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2021 Summit Quest 300

Teaming up with Cross Fox Photography for a second season, we offered race coverage to mushers! We love following the race as much mushers love running it (we have a love/hate relationship too—if you’re a musher or fan, you know you know what I’m talking about!). *Full Gallery to be complete within a week of the race finish.
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2021 Willow 300

Teaming up with Cross Fox Photography for a second season, we offered race coverage to mushers! We love following the race as much mushers love running it (we have a love/hate relationship too—if you’re a musher or fan, you know you know what I’m talking about!). *Full Gallery to be complete within a week of the race finish.
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2021 Copper Basin 300

Teaming up with Cross Fox Photography for a second season, we offered race coverage to mushers! We love following the race as much mushers love running it (we have a love/hate relationship too—if you’re a musher or fan, you know you know what I’m talking about!). *Full Gallery to be complete within a week of the race finish.
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2020 Two Rivers Solstice 50/100

This was my second time following and helping with this race. The weather was beautiful, the dogs and mushers were excited to kick off their season and the trails were not holding them back because boy were their runs fast!
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2020 Iditarod

This is the race. The race that mushers strive to run, that they dream to run once they know about it. The nascar of sled dog racing. I can almost say the same about photographing it. This year I followed one musher but took photos of other teams as well. I didn’t get to go to all the checkpoints but it was a blast to go to the ones that I did.
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2020 Jr North American Championships

One of the final races of some of these kids seasons. I have been able to watch some of these kids grow into their own as they return year after year to run this race. Its so awesome getting to witness the future of mushing hit the trails-even though some of them are holding on as tight as they can!
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2020 Yukon Quest

For the seventh year I was fortunate enough to follow the Yukon Quest as one of the official photographers. The field was much smaller this year but the temperatures weren’t as cold as previous years, both of which added their own challenges to covering the race. This link has photos from other official photographers as well, check them out!
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2019 Two Rivers 100/ 200

Though the Two Rivers 100/ 200 did not follow the Yukon Quest trail exactly, it was so nice to get to see parts of the trail, and the Two Rivers checkpoint in the DAYLIGHT.
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2019 Yukon Quest

The race has its own challenges when it comes to logistics and weather, but the organizers, volunteers, mushers, and dogs are what makes this race great. No matter where you sit in the line up, each person embarks on their own Quest.
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Mushers and fans can reserve race coverage now for the 2021-2022 Season

ACE, Copper Basin 300, TRDMA, Willow 300, Yukon Quest, Iditarod, Kuskokwim 300, Two Rivers 100/200 Kobuk 440