“Tud” Kent Race

"Tud" Kent Race

“Tud” Kent was one of the 4 founding committee members of the American Dog Derby.  He was a seasoned musher who regularly ran dogs to Railroad Ranch (now Island Park) and all over the timber country.  The first race, in 1917, was a 55 mile course from West Yellowstone to Ashton through deep snow and a raging blizzard.  “Tud” won that race and 5 other races over the next 10 years.  Though these later races were shorter, about 25 miles long, they were often during blizzards.  It is fitting that the most arduous race, the 100 mile race, is named after “Tud”.

92 Mile Race - 9 to 12 Dogs