• Sprint Dog Mushing
Roxy Wright was born in Fairbanks and grew up in a dog-mushing family where both her parents raced dogs. Her father, champion musher Gareth Wright, showed her how to care for dog teams.
As a young musher, Wright competed in open competitions with men and women. As a result, she was the first woman to win the Fur Rendezvous and the Open North American (ONAC) sled dog races – races she went on to win multiple times.
Culminating her mushing career in 2017 she won the Fur Rondy and the ONAC back to back at the age of 66- a feat few have accomplished at any age.
Wright’s mushing record also includes being a four-time champion of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous race; the first woman winner and a four-time champion of the Open North American Sled Dog Race (ONAC).
In 1990, she traveled to Europe and won the grueling 500-mile Alpinrod race through the European Alps that took 12 days over a multi-nation course.
In 1996 Wright was awarded the first Mush with PRIDE, the Lifetime Achievement Award for ethical dog care. She maintains that daily interaction and care of a dog team is essential to being a successful musher.
In 2018 Wright was co-awarded with Kikkan Randall, the Women’s Pride of Alaska award by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, codifying her as one of Alaska’s most successful athletes.
Wright’s life has been full. In addition to dog training, mushing, and racing dogs, she is an Alaska Native woman who has lived a subsistence lifestyle. She is an artist, has been a commercial fisherman, and a grandmother to 9 grandchildren.
Wright has become an inspiration to young people throughout Alaska.