Alaska Dog Mushers Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We maintain over 25 miles of some of the finest dog mushing trails, and hold them to the highest standards possible.
We host a number of preliminary and championship races and also co-ordinate with JDMIA to host safe and fun race events for junior mushers. Our claim to fame is the prestigious Open North American Championship race, “The Granddaddy of them all”, which happens each spring around Equinox weekend, but we also have the Limited North American Championship where some the fastest teams in the world come to compete.
Our board of directors works hard all year-round to collaborate ideas and raise funds to maintain a robust race schedule and trail system in hopes of keeping sprint mushing alive and thriving in the area.
Todd Schallock is our current President and everyones’ favorite Turn-Around Marshall and split timer. He started racing dogs when he was 5 years old with his family, and has been involved with mushing ever since; he has probably run every Junior and Adult class, including ONAC. He has been involved with the ADMA board multiple times since the 1980’s and 2011-present. He was our VP from 2015-17 and has been President since 2018. Todd’s family has sponsored the Gold Run Championships Race since 2016. He also helps the Junior Dog Mushers as Race Marshall and coaches softball in the summer time.
Shannon Erhart comes from a renowned mushing family; she is the youngest daughter of Gareth Wright and has been part of the mushing community her entire life. She has raced in Juniors, many Adult classes, including Open World Championship (Fur Rondy) and ONAC, she also won the Women’s World Championship in 1994. These days, Shannon is often found in the Timing Tower on race day. She has been a part of the ADMA board since 1988 and is our longest continuous member. She also works for Tanana Chiefs Council as the Tribal Development Deputy Director.
Andria (she/they) joined the Board of Directors in 2019, and is the current Secretary. They have been mushing since 2015 and now runs both limited and open classes competitively. She has competed in Fur Rondy, multiple ONAC and LNAC races, Tok Race of Champions, ASDRA Championships, Arctic Circle Championship and other races around Alaska.
Their whole family is involved in sprint mushing and competitive racing. In the off-season, she maintains their family’s small sustainable farm and runs an herbal medicine business.
Russell started mushing later in life with two “retired” sled dogs and no experience. His dogs were his first mushing mentors. He retired from his second career in 2021 and, along with his wife Patti, moved to Alaska in order to get closer to the sport/lifestyle.
Russell and his wife run “Never Too Late Kennels” and enjoy recreational mushing with their crew of 17 rescue, retiree, or reject sled dogs.
Jason Dunlap has been involved with mushing for many years, starting in 1995 in Michigan, eventually moving to Alaska and is currently a top contender in both open and limited classes. He is a carpenter/contractor and also operates a dog sledding tour business with his wife, Amy. He has been a board member since 2007. Jason is also an outdoorsman and has won multiple archery championship titles.
Josh Link is a practicing small animal veterinarian. He moved to Alaska in 2015 from eastern Pennsylvania and took up skijoring. He is currently running 2-dog skijor and growing his kennel in order to race limited class sled teams. Josh is our newest member and joined the ADMA board in 2021.
Jennifer is a dog musher, mom of six and works full time. She and her husband, Carl Erhart, who she met in the dog yard, manage a kennel of 40 dogs. Jennifer first started running dogs at age 2 because her parents were in the sport. After a long stint without sled dogs, she returned to the sport to engage her own children. She adopted a dog from the shelter for her kids to start with. Being a fan of fast cars and a warm bed, she found herself fitting well in the limited class sprint realm of dog mushing. She’s been racing in the Alaska race circuit for almost 20 years now and has traveled as far as Daaquam Quebec Canada to race. She’s competed in the IFSS World Championships in 2009 and 2013. Her 6 dog team has held track records at both Tok (recently broken) and Tanacross (still standing). She enjoys spending time with her dogs and watching her kids learn and develop life skills while dog mushing.
Robert E. Lee III
“Bob” Robert E. Lee III, was born and raised in Southern California. Oldest of four boys, Bob worked at the family-owned transmission shop since the age of 8. Bob was drawn to the dream of living in Alaska and the Alaskan lifestyle for as long as he can remember. After raising a blended family of four kids and being faced with personal health issues, Bob and his wife decided that life was too short, pulled the plug on their residence in Southern California, tossed what they could into a 15-foot U-Haul and headed for Alaska! Bob has been volunteering for ADMA since the 2020/2021 racing season and submerging himself into the Alaska lifestyle. His love of dogs and supporting the future of the Alaskan State sport is his primary focus.
Victoria Carver hails from Texas but had always dreamed of visiting Alaska and learning about dog mushing. She was able to get started in dryland bike-jor in the south with her Australian Shepherd, but moved to Fairbanks and began sled mushing when the career opportunity presented itself. She now runs a small, very successful, limited-class sprint kennel. Victoria also decided to join the ADMA Board and was elected in 2022.
Hailey Jean Dunaway
Hailey Jean Dunnaway was born and raised in Fairbanks. She grew up enamored with mushing and got her first sled dog when she was 15 years old. She was a recreational musher for about 8 years, running 2-4 dogs. In 2021 she entered her first race with her Malemute-Husky mixes. Shortly after that she became hooked and decided to get set up for serious sprint racing. She is now running Hound crosses and a top contender in both 4 & 6-dog classes, with a mid-size kennel containing many fosters and rescues. She became a board member for ADMA in 2023.