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. 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.
This year’s Poker Run
This year the poker run is specially honouring Miyo Brown, a recent Cancer survivor in the sledding club. At her request, all funds raised at this event will go towards The Ottawa Hospital Foundation for Lymphoma research.
We would also like to add a shout out to Bob Villeneuve, a former member who passed away last summer from cancer, and honoured the Mush Larose Club by asking that donations be made to it in his name.
Sign our wall of honour! Who are YOU running for?
Add their names to our wall of honour (Either survivors, or in memory of those we have lost)
How does a poker run work?
This is a fun team event: Walk, skijor, cani-cross, scooter or sled through the forest trails, depending on what the weather throws at us (do the snow dance, everybody!). Pay your minimum donation of $10 per team of two mushers to get a hand. 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 11:30 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. 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. And remember those dear to us! Thanks Anne – for all you have done for us!