Egil Ellis Wins Rondy Sled Dog Races

Photo and Story by Diana Haecker, KTNA – Talkeetna

The Fur Rondy Open World Championship Sled Dog race wrapped up Sunday with a fifth victory for Egil Ellis of Willow.

Arleigh Reynolds of Salcha was second in the three-day race with Michigan musher Ken Chezik third.

Race officials disqualified last year’s winner, Blayne Streeper after an altercation during Saturday’s heat with another musher, Luke Sampson of Kotzebue.  In a press release, Streeper apologized to Sampson, but said race officials over reacted.

Streeper was seeking his fifth consecutive world championship victory.  He will be allowed to compete in the 2012 race.

Photo: Egil Ellis hugs his lead dog Ruby shortly after winning the Fur Rondy World Championship sled dog race in Anchorage, on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

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