Nansen-Milan Winter Festival

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.