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 Babe’s racing number, eight, was withdrawn.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 honour 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 10 and 11, 2024 at the Ibex Valley tracks.

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


4 dog sled – 4 miles
Skijoring – 4 miles
6 dog sled – 7 miles
10 dog sled – 13 miles


At the Ibex Valley Tracks
(Trails Map)
Km 1448 on the Alaska Highway
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On February 10 & 11, 2024


The online race registration deadline is February 8 at 5:00 pm
No late registration will be accepted.

Mushers meeting and draw via zoom on February 8 at 7:00 pm

Awards Banquet on February 11 at 6:00 pm at Northlight Foursquare Church

– Race start times:
4 dog sled/Skijoring: 11:30 am
Skijorers will start 10 minutes after the last 4 dog team finishes
6 dog sled: 1:00 pm
10 dog sled: 2:30 pm


Skijoring – $15
4 dog sled – $40
6 dog sled – $55
10 dog sled – $120

Total race purse: $10,000
Click here for a detailed purse breakdown


To register for the Babe Southwick Memorial Race:

1) Fill out the Registration Form/Driver Information Sheet below
2) Send your payment using an Interac etransfer at
For out-of-country drivers, we accept cash payment on site
3) Buy a membership if you are not yet a member:
A membership is required to participate in YDMA events
Click here to get to the membership page
4) Download, print and sign the Waiver of Liability below and bring it to the race to give it to the Race Marshall

Online registration is now closed

A big Thank You to our race sponsors

Kluane First Nation, sponsor of the Babe Southwick Memorial race
Trophy Stone Outfitting LTD.
Trophy Stone Outfitting LTD.
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