The 2017 Gin Gin 200 will begin at the old Paxson Lodge, (Milepost 186 Richardson Highway), at 1:00 pm on Friday January 6th.  

The mushers meeting will held at 10:00 am on Friday at Meiers Lake Roadhouse.  (milepost 171 on the Rich.)  Bag check will take place at the start location on the Denali Highway by Paxson..  Vet checks will begin prior to the meeting and continue as long as necessary.  Teams will start on the Denali Highway at 2 minute intervals.  Teams will leave in order of sign-up.   

The 2017 Gin Gin trail will cover 200 miles of varied terrain; mostly above timberline.  Come prepared for extreme cold and potentially windy conditions.  Teams will be on the Denali for the majority of the distance to Alpine Creek Lodge.  The intent at this time is to add a mountail section off Highway, depending on snow conditions in the area.  Distance on this leg will be approximately 75 miles.  The dog drop will likely be Alpine Creek Lodge.   All dropped dogs will be returned to Paxson as soon as practical.

Leaving Alpine, the trail travels a 50 mile loop and returns to Alpine.  Mushers may take their 10 hours of mandatory layover, plus time differential, at Alpine Creek, either inbound or outbound, in 30 minute increments.

Alpine Creek to the finish at Meiers Lake will follow the Denali back to Paxson;  68 miles.

Straw will provided for teams at Alpine.  The Gin Gin has no food drop, however, teams may leave supplies at Alpine to be used on the return leg.   Alpine will not have water available unless the spring is open.  Mushers will be in formed of this at the mushers meeting.  Alpine is a full service Lodge.  Food and sleeping facilities will be available for mushers.  

Refer questions to or call 907-388-6039.  Conditions may change by January so stay informed!


Sign up:
The Gin Gin 200 will be open to all participants 18 years and older.  Entries will be accepted until midnight Dec. 31st 2016.  Drivers must submit entry fee and completed entry form to be an official entry. 

The 2017 Gin Gin 200 shall have two, (2), classes.  There will be a 12-dog event and an 8-dog event.  

The Race entry fee for the 12-dog race shall be $345.  8-dog entry will be $245.  Participants must also be a member of the Gin Gin Race Organization.  Membership dues are $15 and are included in the entry fee. Entries will be capped at thirty teams in the 12-dog race and at 20 teams for the 8-dog. 

Late entries will be accepted until Race day.  Late entry fee shall be increased by $55.00 in both classes.

Drivers Meeting:
The drivers meeting will be held at Meiers Lake Lodge at 10:00 am on Friday, January 6, 2017.
Attendance is mandatory.

Race Cancellation:
The race may be canceled or postponed if the temperature is -40 or colder on Meiers Lake on the day of the race.

Vet Check:
Vet Check begins at 9:00 am. Jan. 6.  Dogs will be checked for health and fitness.  Dogs considered unfit will not be permitted to start the race.  The decision of the Race Marshal in conjunction with the race veterinarian concerning fitness shall be final.  

Mandatory Gear:

  • Snowshoes—250 sq. in. minimum
  • Cold weather sleeping bag
  • Axe---22” minimum length
  • Cooker with 3 gal. Capacity
  • Booties---8 per dog leaving checkpoints
  • Two snowhooks
  • Two working headlamps
  • Dog food;  Adequate for a 200 mile run.

Mandatory gear will be checked at the start, finish, and all checkpoints.  Race officials must be satisfied that each team carries enough dogfood to finish the event.  The decision of the officials shall be final on this issue.

This will be a timed start event.  The start will be on Paxson at two minute intervals beginning 1:00 pm. On Friday, January 6, 2017.  

Trail Etiquette:
The trail must be kept clear at all times.  Teams resting or snacking must leave adequate room for passing teams.  Overtaking teams have the immediate right-of-way, except from the milepost 7outhouse inbound on the finishing leg.  Overtaken teams shall assist in passing if requested.

There will be a one hour time penalty for littering.

All dogs must have current rabies vaccinations. 

In the 12-dog; teams must finish with a minimum of seven dogs either in the sled or on the towline.  In the 8-dog; teams must finish with a minimum of 6 dogs.  Dogs may not run loose or be led behind the sled.  Dogs carried in the sled must be secured and covered.

All dogs running on the towline must be attached with a necklines at all times. No whips or jinglers.  Inhumane or abusive treatment of dogs will result in disqualification.  

The same dogs must be used throughout the race.

A dog death for any reason other than as vehicular accident or moose incident will precipitate withdrawal from the Gin Gin 200.

Expired dogs must be immediately submitted to the Gin Gin Organization at the nearest checkpoint.  A necropsy will be performed at the drivers expense.

No product that masks signs of injury will be permitted.  No injectables.  The drug policies of the Yukon Quest will be followed.

One sled equipped with an adequate brush bow and braking device is to be used throughout the race.  Repairs are to be done by the driver.  Help from other participants is allowed.  Sled, gear, and all equipment must be in good working order at the beginning of the race.

No planned outside assistance.  Drivers may receive help in recovering a lost team.  Any means of recovering a lost team is permissible.  Time penalties may accrue if it is determined by the Race Marshal that an advantage was achieved.

Food Drop:
Drivers are expected to be self-sufficient.  Carry adequate food.  There will be no food drop on the Gin Gin for either class.  However---the race committee will deliver fuel to the checkpoint if the driver wishes to provide it to the race organization at least one hour before the race start.. Drivers may leave food and supplies, (other than mandatory gear), at the first Alpine Creek Lodge stop to be used at subsequent layovers or stops.

Dog Drops:
There shall be one dog drop on the Gin Gin 200 at the Alpine checkpoint.  Dogs can be dropped either outbound or inbound.  Dropped dogs will be transported to Paxson by the race organization.

The Gin Gin 200 covers approximately 200 miles in the Alaska Range.  Most of the trail is above timberline.  Be prepared for wind and extreme cold temperatures.  

The first leg shall be; Paxson to Alpine Creek Lodge.

Second leg; Alpine Creek Loop, (along the Denali Highway and up the Susitna River)

Final leg; Alpine Creek Lodge to Paxson.

Leg distances may vary due to snow conditions in late December.  Approximate runs will be 75/60/75

There will be ten hours of mandatory layover time for each team to be taken in 30-minute increments at either or both Alpine Creek stops.

Time Equalization:
Time equalization will take place at the first Alpine Creek stop.

Drivers are considered checked in when mandatory gear is verified.  Drivers must sign in and out of all checkpoints.  Gear left at the first Alpine Creek stop may be used at the second stop.  Official checkpoint is Alpine Creek Lodge. 

Paxson; 1st team across—dogs and driver.

Penalties may be both time and monetary.  Any penalty will be assigned at the finish line. 

Race Officials, Scratches, Protests:

The Race Marshal is in charge of all aspects of the race from the time of entry until the awards presentation.  Decisions of the Race Marshal and judges will be considered final.  The Race Veterinarian has the final say on dog issues.  Drivers may protest decisions made by race officials and/or report rules violations in writing to the race marshal at any time up to awards presentation.  Drivers will have the opportunity to personally discuss claims or violations with the race marshal.  Drivers wishing to scratch must notify a race official at the nearest checkpoint.

Sportsmanship is paramount.  Drivers and handlers are expected to be courteous at all times.  Conduct yourself accordingly.

These rules are intended to guide drivers, race officials and the Race Marshall throughout the running of the Gin Gin 200.  The Race Marshal have the right to make non-rule, on the spot decisions regarding all aspects of the race that are deemed in the best interests of the race and its participants.