Sorry for the announcement delay. With the recent icy conditions most teams have not been able to train enough to ask the dogs to do 8 miles; and with less mileage smaller teams makes sense, so…
…I propose to offer 4-dogs, 5-miles on Sunday morning. For the purebred people wanting to get some extra miles, I can offer a more informal race on the Saturday after setup around 3 pm. Same 5 mile course; timers but no trail help, and not exclusive trail use, so you may encounter other trail users while you are on the course.
Trails in use: The race will be using 1st, Forest Boundary, 4th, Ditches, JGL, Malamute, 10/11, Concession 10 and Moose Trails. These trails will be unavailable for general use from 9 am Sunday to noon on Sunday. For the Saturday race, the trails will remain open for anyone to use, but there will be sections of snow fence blocking Concession 11 at 10/11, and between JGL north and Malamute south entrances after 2 pm until 4:30 pm.
4-dog sled, 5-miles: Open, Nordic AKC/CKC*
9:00 Race meeting
Race starts as soon as possible after the race meeting.
Registration There is a race fee of $10 again this year in addition to a paid 2018-19 Mush Larose membership. Weekend memberships are available on-site for $15 if you do not have an annual membership. If you are not yet a member this year, please bring a complete membership form with you to speed things up. See form under Mush Larose / Membership in top navigation. Mushers must show up-to-date vaccinations for Rabies and Distemper/Parvo when registering unless they have already done so earlier this season. Feel free to email these to Cindy Merkley <firstname.lastname@example.org> in advance to avoid hassles and possible disappointment on the day.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! – Registration (1), Timers (2), team fetchers (2), trail help (5), bib collector (1), and course takedown (2). Please let us know what volunteer role you can help out with by Monday Jan 7th. Volunteers@mushlarose.ca – Thanks very much for volunteering in advance as it help with keeping the day safe and on schedule!
Prizes There will be ribbons and badges for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category; and of course the coveted Nordic AKC/CKC Trophy (trophy is awarded for one year, when it must be returned refilled with treats of the winner’s choice.
Race Information Any changes or cancellation notice will be posted online at www.MushLarose.ca.
There is no food or water available on site for this event. Please bring your own. No loose dogs on site. Please clean up after your dogs.
Racers must be a minimum of 16 years of age. Under age 18 must wear a helmet and eye protection. All sleds must have sled bag to hold an injured dog if necessary, a snow hook sufficient to hold the team and a leash or snub-line. Any participant may be disqualified if their equipment, ability to safely manage their team, or their treatment of the dogs is deemed unacceptable by the Race Marshall.
*Nordic Open = any apparent northern breed dog team, as approved by the Race Marshal; Nordic AKC/CKC = Northern breed dogs with proof of registration from the American Kennel Club or the Canadian Kennel Club.
Please be aware that these dogs are not all house pets. Ask the owner before you approach any dog, be respectful of the proper way to approach a dog.