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2000 Yukon Quest
World's Strongest Dog Team



Photo of the 2000 Yukon Quest World's Strongest Dog Team     On October 21, 2000, the organizers of the Yukon Quest, "The Toughest Sled Dog Race in the World", broke the world's record for the heaviest load ever pulled by a dog team. In 1998 they established a world's record for the largest dog team ever to pull a load (210 dogs), then broke their own record in 1999 with 230 dogs.

    The organizers actually promoted the event as the world's largest sled dog team, but I've used the term "world's strongest sled dog team" because I think they now have two legitimate world records - the largest team last year, and the strongest team this year.

    This year, a total of 210 huskies from local mushers were harnessed, and they successfully pulled a Kenworth with a flatbed trailer and huge mine drill (total weight 145,002 pounds) 6 blocks (2/3 mile) up Front Street in Whitehorse. They were hooked up in tandem hitch to an 800-foot-long steel cable atached to the front of the truck.

    This year, sponsors of dogs in the team got a chance to win one of 3 prizes - a sled dog tour from Uncommon Journeys, a handcrafted Yukon Quest knife from Bandit Blades, and a Yukon Quest commemorative coin set from Anne Doyle.





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A photo of snow-covered Whitehorse, Yukon on October 21, 2000. Taken from a Canada 3000 jet.

Flying into Whitehorse the day before the event - perfect sled dog pulling weather!

Photo of the 2000 Yukon Quest World's Strongest Dog Team

The hard part - the athletes waiting for the chance to show what they love to do...

Photo of the 2000 Yukon Quest World's Strongest Dog Team - this group of huskies is from tour operator Uncommon Journeys.

Most local mushers brought dogs down for the event. This team is from Uncommon Journeys.

Photo of the 2000 Yukon Quest World's Strongest Dog Team

The Kenworth with mining drill all set to go. Every overweight permit available was purchased to get this 145,000-pound rig into downtown Whitehorse.

Photo of the 2000 Yukon Quest World's Strongest Dog Team

The great view from the "cherry-picker" set up for reporters.

Photo of the 2000 Yukon Quest World's Strongest Dog Team

This photo shows most of the 210-dog team, ready to go.

Photo of the 2000 Yukon Quest World's Strongest Dog Team

And they're off!

Photo of the 2000 Yukon Quest World's Strongest Dog Team

These dogs make setting a world record look pretty simple, don't they?

Photo of the 2000 Yukon Quest World's Strongest Dog Team

The leaders - the huskies with the best view!

Photo of the 2000 Yukon Quest World's Strongest Dog Team

The tractor-trailer with its massive load passes the photographers' viewpoint...

Photo of the 2000 Yukon Quest World's Strongest Dog Team

The end of the trail. This photo gives a better idea of the size of the rig.

Photo of the 2000 Yukon Quest World's Strongest Dog Team

Only another few hundred miles to get this thing to Dawson - let's gooooo!




Photos are all © 2000-2009 by Murray Lundberg.