FORT NELSON, B.C. – Buddy Streeper won his seventh title in the 75th edition of the Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Streeper led the field of 16 teams with a total time of 219:47.7, setting a new track record in the process. However, he needed a big final day from his dogs as Streeper trailed fellow Canadian Anny Malo by almost two minutes after day one and 40 seconds after two days of racing. At the finish line, Streeper was less than two seconds ahead of Malo.

Canadians swept the podium as third place went to Quebec rookie Eric Laforce.

Streeper captured his seventh ONAC championship with the win, moving him into sole possession of third place all-time.

Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the race was cancelled. This year, all peripheral events linked to the race, including the parka parade and banquet, were cancelled, and fan access to the race trail was restricted.

According to the Alaska Dog Mushers Association, the Open North American Championship is the longest continuously-run sled dog race in the world.