8th Annual Wilderness Sled Dog Race

Posted Jan. 06, 2013, at 1:01 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 07, 2013, at 9:33 a.m.
Photo taken from the 2009 Wilderness Sled Dog Race. Photo courtesy Town of Greenville
Photo taken from the 2009 Wilderness Sled Dog Race. Photo courtesy Town of Greenville

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 9 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Location: 8th Annual Wilderness Sled Dog Race, Leisure Life Rd., Greenville, Maine

For more information: Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce; 1-888-876-2778; mooseheadlake.org

GREENVILLE, Maine — The eighth annual Plum Creek Wilderness Sled Dog Race will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Moosehead Lake. A 100-mile and a 30-mile race will start at Leisure Life Resort Motel.

The event will feature sled dog race video, snowshoe races for children, educational programs and activities, a bonfire and refreshments.

Race veterinarian, Dr Ron Miles of Foxcroft Veterinary Associates will ensure that the dogs are up to the task before the race, out on the trail and at the finish line.

The teams will leave the race chute and travel north along the shore of Moosehead Lake, turn on to Sandy Bay and enter the wilderness trail. Teams of volunteers, forest rangers, snowmobilers and radio operators will monitor the teams until they cross the finish line later that day.

Spectator viewing is located by traveling out Pleasant Street past the airport, over Wilson Stream and beyond Rum Ridge about four miles to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s winter parking lot. Park there and cross-country ski in on the trail approximately one and three-tenths miles. The second location can be accessed by driving north on Lily Bay Road toward Kokadjo, then turn on the Frenchtown Road and drive 12 miles to the West Branch Pond Camps. Eric Stirling and his crew will be cater to spectators as the race teams travel past these remote camps.

For information, go to www.100milewildernessrace.org.