"Race to the Sky" is a dog sledding race for either 350 or 100 miles, lasting three days. This year's event has 18 mushers, including 12 year old Great Falls native Spencer Bruggeman, who says he kind of just fell into this.
"I had been reading Jack London's books and my dad had been reading books about the Yukon and neither of us knew we had been. And one day I mentioned to my mom that we should start dog sledding and she said you've been talking to your father."
Spencer is competing in the 100 mile junior race, and with a good time can place among the adults also competing in the 100 mile race.
And in the grand daddy of them all, the 350 mile race, Laura Daugereau drew the number one spot, meaning she had to take her dogs first on the trail. But starting first isn't Laura's goal. It's finishing first.
"You'd rather a team go out in front of you, put out a scent trail. But, it's just means you have to pay a little bit more attention. But my dogs have run this course eight times so they know where they're going."
Day one of race to the sky should be over any time now. The sledders are scheduled to get in between three and 9 pm in butte, as a part of today's 56 mile journey. On Sunday they will restart in Lincoln for a continuous 300 mile journey which will end up back in Lincoln.