Oops, we have a conflict on the original rescheduled date… New Poker Run date is Sunday February 2nd, 2020 – 9:30-12:00.
Hope to see you then!
Anne Melrose Poker Run for Cancer, Organizer
(if there is snow, skijorers may come at 8:30 for a head-start, but please notify us in advance)
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. 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 event is also honouring cancer survivors Linda Martin and Miyo Brown, and is in loving memory of Pat Cranstone. Let’s help beat cancer, and contribute to the cure for future survivors.
Sign our wall of honour!
Who are YOU running for? Add their names to our wall of honour, whether survivors, or in memory of those we have lost.
Proof of vaccination and membership
Please ensure that your proof of vaccinations is up to date for the season ahead of the event: Cindy Merkley. Mush Larose memberships can renewed/purchased in advance < mushlarose.ca/membership >, or on site.
How does a poker run work?
This is a fun team event: Walk, skijor, canicross, scooter or sled through the forest trails, depending on the weather. Do the snow dance, everybody! Pay your minimum donation of $10 per team of two mushers and collect cards for your poker 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 5 stations marked on a map. You can do any route you want, so long as you get to the 5 stations. You get a 6th envelope when you hand in your cards. The highest hands win prizes. All teams return to the picnic shelter by 11:30.
Practice your passing skills
The Poker Run is a good chance to practice your passing skills, since everyone is out together headed in different directions there are lots of passes. Each team has a second musher to get out and run between the teams or handle 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/skiers the musher with the more reliable passing dogs can pass in front calling on the second musher’s dogs, keeping very close in case assistance is required.
We encourage everyone to give generously to a cause close to our hearts, have fun learning with our dogs and friends, and remember those dear to us! Let’s help beat this terrible disease!