The Kobuk 440 Racing Association is a Kotzebue-based non-profit run by volunteers all across the Northwest Arctic region. The association hosts the Kobuk 440 mid-distance sled dog race annually, as well as the Taaqpak 120 and Junior Races for youth in the community. For the Iñupiat, dog mushing has always been a part of life and a part of the region's history. Mid-distance races provide an opportunity for dog mushers to garner experience that can lead them to longer races like the Iditarod. During the race, checkpoint communities come together to celebrate the Iñupiaq way of life, respect for nature, community wellness, and heritage. Our mission is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors and individual donors. If you would like to support the race, click here.
The Kobuk 440 Racing Association is dedicated to enhancing and perpetuating the Iñupiaq tradition of distance dog mushing in the Arctic.
The Kobuk 440 will be the premier distance dog sled race of the Arctic, where people come together to celebrate Iñupiaq culture, way of life, respect for nature, and heritage.