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Wilderness Race mushers run to Moosehead in February

Posted Jan. 06, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — The eighth annual Wilderness Sled Dog Race will take place Saturday, February 1, in the forested mountain trails of the Moosehead Lake Region.

One of only three long-distance races in New England, the Wilderness Race will begin and end in the town of Greenville and offers mushers and their canine athletes a chance to compete in the challenging 100-mileWilderness area.  A 30-mile race is also held, and fun activities for spectators and families are scheduled throughout the day. This event is free to the public.

Spectators can follow signs thru town to Leisure Life Resort on Lily Bay Road, to witness the noisy and fun excitement of dog teams eager to run. We suggest you get there between 8:00 to 8:30 to meet the teams as they prepare for the 9am start. The 30-mile race starts at 10 AM. The race trail traverses the mountainous 100-Mile Wilderness area, and passes through several remote sporting camps, providing vantage points along the course for spectators who want to watch this daylong event and the racer’s progress. Long after darkness falls, even the last team to reach the finish will be greeted by a welcoming bonfire and cheering supporters in Greenville.

The Wilderness Race draws teams from all over the U.S. and Canada as well as local competitors. The event is a regional favorite among mushers and receives high marks for a well-groomed, scenic trail and friendly community support.

The event is organized by the Wilderness Sled Dog Racing Association, a Greenville non-profit. This year we are partnering with Northwoods Healthcare of Greenville and they will be providing events that day to help promote their Northwoods Kids Program. For more information, visit the race website www.100milewildernessrace.org , emailwildernessrace@yahoo.com , or call Bethany at Greenville Town Office at 207-695-2421.

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