Wilderness Race Mushers Run to Moosehead in February | Events

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Wilderness Race Mushers Run to Moosehead in February
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The eighth annual Wilderness Sled Dog Race will take place Saturday, February 1, 2014 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-mile Wilderness 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. Events during the day for spectators are snowshoe races and skating sponsored by Northwoods Healthcare of Greenville. Long after darkness falls, even the last team to reach the finish will be greeted by a welcoming bonfire and cheering supporters in Greenville.

Sunday Morning there is a “Mushers Breakfast” held by our Local American Legion Veterans from 7am to 10am.

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. For more information, visit the race website http://www.100milewildernessrace.org/ , email wildernessrace@yahoo.com , or call Bethany at Greenville Town Office at 207-695-2421.

 

 

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