Wilderness Sled Dog Race
On February 1st 2020 the Wilderness Sled Dog Races will draw mushers, canine athletes and spectators to the snow-covered trails of the Moosehead Lake region.
The 70 mile race will have a $10,000 dollar purse and the 30 mile race will have a $3,000 dollar purse. Mushers will go out in the order that they signed up in 3 minute intervals starting at 9:00 a.m. Spectators should plan on getting to Leisure Life Resort by 8:30 a.m. to see the excited teams preparing for the start!
In addition to the races fun activities for spectators and families are scheduled throughout the day. They will include educational exhibits, programs to be announced soon and a bonfire to welcome in the racers. Trailside restaurant at Leisure Life Resort is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner all weekend where spectators can enjoy great food in a warm friendly atmosphere with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.
Start time for the 70-mile race is 9 a.m. and the
30-mile begins at 10:00 a.m. Spectators line the starting chute to witness the intense excitement of the dog teams eager to run and to cheer each team on their way! The long race trail heads north into the mountainous 100-Mile Wilderness region on AMC property and passes near several of their remote sporting camps, providing vantage points for those who want to watch the race’s progress. The teams can be seen traveling along the trail at the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club house on Scammon Rd. as well as at West Branch Pond Camps on the Frenchtown Rd.
About The Race
The Wilderness Sled Dog Race, now in its ninth year, is known for its remote terrain, beautiful scenery and enthusiastic community support. Focus is placed on the health and well-being of the canine athletes who, with their human partners of course, travel throughout the northeast and Canada to compete in this highly popular event. Race Veterinarian, Dr. Rick DuBois, DVM of Greenville Veterinary Clinic, ensures that each four legged athlete is up to the task of traversing the race trail before the race, out on the trail and at the finish line. The Wilderness Race has a perfect record when it comes to the health and well-being of every dog who has ever participated!
In addition to the race start and finish lines in Greenville, the Wilderness Race is unique in that it offers fans the opportunity to view the race teams out on the trail as they head to the Northern most checkpoint and return to Greenville. Teams can be seen as they head towards Hedgehog gate by traveling out the Greenville Road to the AMC parking area, for those staying at AMC’s Little Lyford Lodge they can ski out to the race trail to view teams passing by, spectators can also drive north on the Lily Bay Road (toward Kokadjo) turning off on the Frenchtown Road, take this for 12 miles to the 70 mile race safety checkpoint at West Branch Pond Camps. Eric Stirling and his crew will be catering to spectators as the race teams travel through these remote camps. The teams travel back on the same course and so the viewing spots would be the same with the addition of spotting teams as they cross Scammon Rd at the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club house on the return trip.
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