The FirstMate Babe Southwick Memorial Race

Back in the days, the Yukon Sourdough Rendez-vous dog races was quite the event allowing the gathering of old friends from the communities that had not met for a year.

In 1965, the races were held for three days in the Kluane lake area. Babe Southwick drew #8 as starting position. Her team finished in the top five of the 15 miles race. That night, she died of a heart attack. On day two, ten mushers lined up at the starting gate, each wearing a black arm band. Babe’s racing number, eight, was withdrawn. Then her brother–in–law, Alex Van Bibber, took her Destruction Bay team around the course for the final two days of racing. Alex did not win but that honor went to a then-unknown musher from Carmacks, Wilfred Charlie. After that race, the number “8” remains retired from Sourdough Rendezvous dog sled races.

This year’s edition of the FirstMate Babe Southwick Memorial race will be held on February 9th and 10th, 2019 at the Ibex Valley tracks. 

The Yukon Dog Mushers Association is proud to announce that the FirstMate Babe Southwick Memorial race is affiliated with the International Sled Dog Racing Association that sets standards of conduct, quality and animal welfare. Being an ISDRA sanctioned event, our race will comply with ISDRA procedures and race rules.

We would like to thank FirstMate Dog Food for supporting our race, sharing our values and providing our dogs with top quality food. 


10 dog class – 15 miles
6 dog class – 8 miles
Skijoring 2 dogs – 8 miles
Junior race


At the Ibex Valley Tracks
(Trails Map)
Km 1448 on the Alaska Highway
(Find us on Google Maps)


On February 15 & 16, 2020


The race sign up, bib draw and mushers’ meeting will be held on Friday February 14th at 6 pm at the Yukon Bible Fellowship Church,160 Hillcrest drive. Out of town mushers who cannot attend, please contact

2 dog skijoring
starts at 10:00 am – 1 or 2 minute interval depending on attendance
6 dog class starts at 11:00 am – 2 minute interval
10 dog class starts at 12:30 am – 2 minute interval
Kids race on Sunday at 2:00 pm

Awards ceremony banquet
on Sunday at 4:00 pm in Downtown Whitehorse


Total race purse: $20,000
Click here for the 2020 FirstMate Babe Southwick purse breakdown

Entry fees TBD soon
10 dogs: 
6 dogs: 

Membership is required to participate in YDMA events
Annual individual membership: $25
Annual family or kennel membership (up to 2 adults and 2 children): $45

Online advance payments available:
Please send a Paypal Money Transfer or an Interac E-Transfer at


A big Thank You to our race sponsors

Yukon Dog Mushers Association, the oldest mushing association in the Yukon Territory

Yukon Dog Mushers Association
PO Box 40146
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 6M8

(867) 633-3659