GREENVILLE — The 12th annual Moosehead Lake Area 100-mile Wilderness Sled Dog Race scheduled for Feb. 3 has been called off. Organizers drove the race trail over the weekend and determined that the recent warmer weather and rain have created trail conditions that are not safe for dogs and mushers.
“After a lot of deliberation we decided that the best recommendation we can give is to cancel the race due to many safety concerns,” said Amy Dugan, one of the race organizers. “Trail conditions for dog teams is so much more difficult in certain ways, having the ability to slow or stop and hold a team of dogs is crucial to their safety. We are heartbroken and disappointed but feel that we must stand strong in our resolve to not send mushers and their dogs out on unsafe conditions. The entire race committee thank all the volunteers that have been working so hard to make this race happen.”
The event traditionally draws about a dozen teams of mushers, canine athletes and spectators to the Moosehead Lake Region. Organizers plan to move full speed ahead with the 2019 edition of this race.