Race Team

New Zealand’s only Iditarod & Yukon Quest Race Team

The Team

UnderDog Racing is New Zealands only distance sleddog team which is now staging out of Willow, Alaska.

We started off recreationally running Alaskan Malamutes in NZ in about 2000 and in 2007 had the opportunity to head to the US. We spent 4 years running and racing our dogs out of Togo, Minnesota. We where fortunate to spend that time handling for and training with Jamie Nelson who has been a huge influence.

In 2011 we moved the team to Atlin, BC and ran Iditarod. The first and only NZ team to have completed Iditarod. As of July 2012 the team staged out of Willow, Alaska. In 2013 we ran our second Iditarod finishing in 27th place and as of February 2014 became the first NZ team to finish The Yukon Quest, a thousand mile race from Fairbanks, Alaska to Whitehorse, Canada finishing in 7th place and two weeks later starting our third Iditarod and finishing in 23rd place.

We have a kennel of over 70 dogs split between NZ and Alaska. Our race team in Alaska are Alaskan Huskies and in the off season we run Sled Dog tours in the Southern Alps of New Zealand with some of the very same dogs that raced as part of our team in Alaska as well as some Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies.

2019 Race Season

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Race History

Since starting to compete in North America we have had the opportunity to race our dogs in five different states and races ranging from 60 – 1000 miles. Please follow our team as we continue to race, now in Alaska and the Yukon, Canada. Our team has completed every race it has ever started and strives to build on our previous standings.

Our key achievements over the years racing in North America have been:

  • Iditarod 2014 – 23rd Place
  • Yukon Quest 2014 – 7th place
  • Iditarod 2013 – 27th place
  • Beargrease Marathon 2011 – 7th place, Best Kept Team Award
  • Race to the Sky 2011 – 1st place
  • NZ AMP Scholarship Extreme Sports – 2011
  • Red River 2010 – 5th place, Best Cared for Team Award
  • Beargrease Mid Distance 2009 – Rookie of the Year


Since starting to compete in North America we have run the following races:

  • Yukon Quest – 2014
  • Iditarod – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Copper Basin 300 – 2012, 2013
  • Tustumena 200 – 2012
  • Beargrease Marathon – 2010, 2011
  • Race to the Sky – 2011
  • UP200 – 2010
  • Red River – 2010
  • Wolftrack Classic – 2009
  • Beargrease Mid Distance – 2009
  • White Oak Classic – 2009, 2010, 2011
Iditarod 2015 - Yukon River at 50 below
Iditarod 2013 - coming into White Mountain, 77miles from Nome

Join the Team

Our priority is to maintain a happy and healthy kennel that has the ability to train and compete at a competitive level.  Our lives revolve around our dogs and sled dog sports, we maintain a kennel that we can day to day manage ourselves. However competing  at the level we do has only been possible with the support we have had from family, friends, business sponsors and others who have shown generosity beyond what we could ever have expected.  We feel privileged to have this support and invite others to join the team and first hand experience the thrill of sled dog sports.

Please contact us to discuss sponsorship options or check out our race team profile page and pick a dog to sponsor for the season.