3-Day Sled Dog
Race in North Country Starting January 17th
December 27, 2014
Berlin Daily Sun
MILAN — The second annual Great North Woods Sled Dog
Challenge will be run Jan. 17-19, 2015 in the northern part of the Granite State.
During the three-day event, the communities of Milan, Pittsburg and
Colebrook will consecutively host a different leg, or stage, of the race.
The 2015 event will kick off with a Meet The Mushers Banquet at the Mahoosic
Inn in Milan on Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. The official race start is the morning of
Jan. 17 at 9 a.m., also at the Mahoosic Inn. On Sunday the mushers
will compete in Pittsburg, and on Monday, Jan. 19, the race will finish with
a 45-mile trail that begins and ends at the Colebrook Country Club in
Colebrook. The winner will be determined by adding together the times
required to complete each of the three stages. There will also be a separate
one-day 20-mile race in Colebrook on Monday for six- and eight-dog teams.
Awards will be presented at the Colebrook Country Club at 3 p.m. on Jan. 19.
The positive feedback from last year's race has sparked
considerable interest in the mushing community. "This was even harder than
the Can-Am 30," announced Peter Franke of New Durham, winner of the 2014
6-Dog GNWSDC Race. Dog mushers from Quebec to Pennsylvania are already
registered to compete for this year's $3,000-plus purse.
A "Meet the Mushers" dinner will be held on the night
before each stage of the race in the towns involved. These dinners are open
to the public. Spectators may also watch competing teams at the designated
The Great North Woods Sled Dog Challenge is sponsored by Diamond Pet Foods,
The News and Sentinel, Northern Exposure Outfitters and WPKQ-FM and is being
presented by North Country Mushers with additional help from the Colebrook
Ski-Bees, Pittsburg Ridge Runners and White Mountain Ridge Runners. For more
information, sponsorship opportunities, and the complete schedule of events,
Our Club is a proud
sponsor of this event.