Dave Dalton

62 year old Yukon Quest veteran

My Sponsors:
Dalton Gang Members, Alaska Heli-Mush Tours, Dog sponsors, Puppies' name sponsors, Lee Lowery, Kitchen Family and Handlers Kirsten Thureson and Wendy Hawkins.

Nationality: American
Current Residence: Healy, AK
Occupation(s): Dog Musher/Mushing Tour Guide
Kennel Name: Dalton Gang Kennels
Name Origination: By using my last name and the fact that dogs run in a gang-line.
Kennel Bloodlines: Dalton
Breeds: Alaskan Huskies
# of Dogs in Kennel: 32


Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
31

Tell us about your dogs?
The Dalton Gang will be returning with several finishers from the 2019 race. Leaders Spinner, Doc, Wayton, Cheeto, Woody, Norm and Fraiser. The Three Bears litter are back...Yogi, Grizzly and Polar. The Outlaws...Scarlet, Kitty and Butch are back with Billy-the-Kid trying to win a spot. Competing for this year's starting job are the Rookies. The Looney Tunes siblings...Tazzy, Hubie, Elmer, Bugs, Duffy, Sniffles and Merlin. The Boston Bruins Hockey Team litter...Chara, Bjork, Krejci and Miller. These are some of the 32 dogs training to win a spot in this year's line-up.

How did you get started running dogs?
I became the owner of a litter of 13 Airdale/Alaskan Husky puppies and they started my recreational sled dog team.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Taking a young, inexperienced dog team and watching them grow stronger and more confident along the trails.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Yukon Quest and Iditarod Finishers' Clubs.

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
To improve over last year with a happy and healthy dog team.

What music do you listen to on the trail?
Country and Rock n' Roll

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
By sponsoring a puppy name and litter themes.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2018 - Yukon Quest - 10th; 2008 - Yukon Quest - 3rd; 2006 - Yukon Quest - 4th; 2005 - Yukon Quest - 4th; 2004 - Yukon Quest - 3rd and the Veterinarian's Choice Award for finishing with all 14 dogs; 1988 - Yukon Quest - Rookie Race - 21st and started and finished with 12 dogs.

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2019 15 11 days, 10 hours, 37 minutes
2018 10 12d 5h 17m
2017 10 12d 3h 33m
2016 11 10d 17h 48m
2015 11 11d 13h 13m
2014 - Scratched
2013 12 10d 20h 48m
2012 10 11d 4h 3m
2011 9 12d 10h 7m
2010 14 11d 0h 40m
2009 - Scratched
2008 3 11d 9h 35m
2007 10 11d 14h 2m
2006 4 10d 20h 8m
2005 4 11d 2h 41m
2004 3 11d 12h 48m
2002 - Scratched
2001 13 12d 16h 45m
2000 - Scratched