dog sled racing

Another No-Snow Casualty: Dog Sled Race Cancelled

Feb 17, 2016
Chris Jensen for NHPR

A three-day sled dog race scheduled to start Thursday has been cancelled due to a lack of snow in the North Country.

“Honestly I’ve never seen a winter this bad since I moved up here and started running sled dogs," said Jaye Foucher, one of the organizers of The Great North Woods Sled Dog Challenge who has lived in the North Country for 13 years.

"I had hoped that the winter would turn around," she said.

The event was scheduled to start in Bretton Woods and then move to Colebrook, Pittsburg and Milan.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

It’s roughly 10 degrees on Saturday morning at the Mahoosuc Inn in Milan and about 200 sled dogs are yowling and barking, making it clear it is time to race.

There are 17 teams entered in the Mahoosuc 100 and each has 12 incredibly impatient, excited dogs.

The mushers move among them. There are hugs and licks.

And, preparation.

The dogs throw themselves against their harnesses and are so eager to go that an ATV is hooked to the back of each sled to hold the dogs back as they approach the starting line.