Experienced and novice participants will compete with their dogs on our skijor loop, making one or two 2 Km laps. The race will have solo starts at 30-second intervals, and awards will be given to top overall finishers in each distance and dog class. Pups will be awarded with treats!
This is a fun way to extend your Madison Winter Festival weekend at Elver Park, giving all family members have a chance to stretch their legs.
Skijoring combines cross country skiing with dog power. The skier is attached to his/her dog with a belt and towline. The dog then runs ahead as the skier skis. Most medium size dogs (30 pounds and up) who are trained properly can be candidates for skijoring.Register
Sunday, February 19 / 8:30 AM
1250 McKenna Blvd
Madison, WI 53719
The event is 100% volunteer-run! Proceeds from registrations and additional donations to this event will support the Dane County Humane Society.
Race Day Registration & Packet Pickup
Online registration will close on February 16th at 11:59pm. Walk up registration and packet pick up is available from 7:30 – 8:15 am at the Elver Park Shelter #2.
A cross-country ski permit is required at Elver Park and all groomed Dane County Park trails. Please make arrangements now to obtain your permit as you will be required to present it at the time of your packet pickup. Elver Park’s shelters will have a self service kiosks where you can purchase a daily ski pass.
All registered skijorers will receive a Ski Buff and complimentary refreshments at the start and finish. Pups will be awarded with treats!
Entry is limited to one person + 1 dog. All dogs must be sufficiently fit to be able to complete the course without risk of injury. Dogs must be healthy and have up-to-date vaccinations. Skijorers may ski using skate technique.
A passing skijorer must execute a pass only when conditions are safe. The skijorer must shout “Trail”, “On your left”, before attempting to pass. Skijorers must exit the finish area as soon as possible. Personal dog handlers are welcome at the finish area but must stay clear of finishing team traffic.
Skijorers must exit the finish area as soon as possible. Personal dog handlers are welcome at the finish area but must stay clear of finishing team traffic.
Few sports start with picking the right life partner. But skijoring – cross-country skiing aided by an additional conveyance, often a dog – is one.