Open North American Championships

The Alaska Dog Mushers Association is proud to celebrate 77 years of hosting the Open North American Championships, the world’s premier sprint sled dog race.

The ONAC is conducted under ADMA and ISDRA Rules.

Dozens of teams from around the world will convene in Fairbanks for the three-day race, which will start on Friday, March 17, 2023 at 1pm and run through Sunday, March 19. The Open North American Championships is the longest continuously-run sled dog race in the world.

Drug testing will be performed at the race.

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Race Information

Mushers Schedule for 2023 ONAC

Racers should schedule a radio interview with Wendy Garwood as soon as possible (

Wednesday March 15th, 2023

– 5:00 pm: Online registration and payment close

Firehouse Theater inside of Goldie’s
659 5th Avenue – Fairbanks, AK 99701

– 6:00 pm: Doors open
– 7:00 pm: In person sign up and Draw followed by Calcutta

Parking and Directions for In-person Sign-ups, Draw and Calcutta

Dog trucks and trailers: park at the Sadler’s furniture building lot and walk from there on the 7th Avenue side until you come to a side street and wall, then turn right, Goldies will be the building with yellow firehouse doors. The theatre is inside past the airstream. Check this map


At time of registration, racers will need to provide a typed list of dogs and microchip numbers if they are opting for microchip id vs painting. The list could also be emailed ahead of time.

Thursday March 16th, 2023
– 10:00 am: Mandatory Mushers meeting followed by Trail Viewing. Please bring your sled and a tow line. Mushers can also bring their dogs to check microchips if desired.

Access to the property from Crossman Road will be blocked off for the 3 days of the race. You MUST enter from Farmers loop. Big trailers will be parked on the lower parking.

Sunday March 19th, 2023
Awards ceremony will be outside of the Mushers’ Hall after the race. Mushers and crew will be provided with food while dog scans, checks and award ceremony preparations are completed.

March 17 – 19, 2023
Race starts at 1:00 p.m

  • Day 1: 20.4 miles
  • Day 2: 20.4 miles
  • Day 3: 27.9 miles


The Alaska Dog Mushers Association would like to thank our sponsors for the 76th Annual Open North American Championships.

Online race registration is now closed

Race Results