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 start/finish locations.

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, visit www.NHStageRace.com.

Our Club is a proud sponsor of this event.


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