Have a fun day, get to know new people and help us raise money for cancer in memory of one of our club founders, Anne Melrose. Sadly, Anne died from cancer in summer of 2015. Her important contributions to the club will not be forgotten and she is very much missed. Without the people who took the time and effort to build the club in the beginning, Mush Larose would not be the great group of people it is today. Anne’s dedication, enthusiasm, friendliness and helpful advice was invaluable to many of us who came in knowing next to nothing about dog sledding and have since grown to love it and are now passing on what she taught us. The sledding club was very important to Anne and she expressed her wish before she died that she hoped that the club would continue to exist in the future. In her memory, we named this event after her.
Cancer has affected many of our members, either those who have died from it: several members are cancer survivors, and many of us have had friends and family that suffered through this terrible disease. This year, the run will also in memory of Dean Fitzpatrick, husband and father of three of our Mush Larose members, Michele, Thomas and Valerie. Dean was diagnosed with Cancer about a year ago and passed away in September, 2016. He was a gentle, kind man who will be very much missed by those who knew him. I do not think that Anne would mind if this year we honoured our friend’s passing in this way.
How does a poker run work?
This is a fun team event: Walk, skijor, canicross, scooter or sled through the forest trails. Pay your minimum donation of $10 per team of two mushers. We’ll find you a partner if you don’t have one, and you’ll get to know another club member better!
Travel together, so one can hold the dogs while the other picks up 1 sealed envelope at each of 4 stations marked on a map. You can do any route you want, so long as you get to the 4 stations. You get the 5th envelope when you hand in your cards. All teams return to the picnic shelter by 11:15 and hand in their unopened card envelopes to the organizer, who opens the envelopes, compares the poker hands, and declares the prize winners. Note: any envelopes opened before handing in to the event organizer will be disqualified.
The Poker Run is a good chance to practice your passing skills, since everyone is out together headed in different directions, so there are lots of passes. Please keep in mind that we have new members who are still learning the sport and try to help them as much as possible.Each team has a second musher to get out and run between the teams, or handle/correct the dogs if necessary. If we have dryland conditions you can bring a bike for the second musher to ride between passing teams. With 2 scooters/sleds the musher with the more reliable passing dogs can pass in front calling on the second musher’s dogs, keeping very close in case correction is required.
We encourage everyone to give generously to a cause close to our hearts, and have fun learning with our dogs and friends. Thanks Anne – for all you have done for us!