Laconia sled race is back on again, set for this weekend
Spokesman Diane Lyman said about 50 race teams are expected to take part in the race, sanctioned by the International Sled Dog Racing Association with a purse of $20,790.
She expects between 10 to 20 teams, with between 14 and 16 dogs each, will take part in the unlimited class, racing a 15-mile loop on each of the three days. The one with the fastest combined time wins.
Another 20 to 30 teams will compete in the six-dog race on a 6-mile trail. Also expected to race are about 10 junior teams and then the one-dog sled races for the youngest children, scheduled for Sunday.
"It's a lot of fun," said Lyman. "The starting line is a bedlam of noise and excitement with the dogs howling ready to run. It's really awesome."
When the 84th Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby was canceled last weekend due to lack of snow, Lakes Region Sled Dog Club president Jim Lyman urged members to pray for snow so the race could be held later this year.
On Sunday, those prayers were apparently answered as the white stuff blanketed the region and most of New Hampshire. Now, with snow forecast for Wednesday and with no rain in sight, the highly anticipated race is on. The three-day derby begins Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the north end of Old North Main Street, across from the Lakes Region Correctional Facility, and continues through Sunday.
The race dates back to 1929 when the New England Sled Dog Club held its first race.
Canadians and United States citizens largely make up the racers, sometimes with the Canadians outnumbering the Americans, although occasionally the derby will draw competitors from Europe.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- NH suffers 4th worst outage on record - 17
- Even without electricity, this Thanksgiving feast got cooked in Newmarket - 1
- More than 200,000 New Hampshire customers without power - 1
- Thanksgiving travel a nightmare as storm dumps heavy, wet snow - 3
- Holiday travelers will be heading over the river and through the snow - 0
- Residents in western N.Y. call snow worst in memory - 0
- Slick commute in store for some NH motorists today - 1
- Windy weather whips across New Hampshire - 0
- Leaks fixed, visits resume at Goffstown women's prison - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Hamilton's OT goal wins for Bruins - 0
- Dowd's goal wins for Manchester - 0
- John Habib's City Sports:'Moment' is here: Derryfield CC renovation begins - 0
- Driver charged with DWI after mayhem on I-293 - 0
- Department of Employment Security sends confidential ID info to wrong firms - 0
- Day Three in the dark for many in NH - 0
- Man, 86, struck by car while crossing street in Manchester - 0
- Man allegedly tries to run over officer in Manchester, police van crashes while responding - 0
- Hot deals, warm shoppers - 0
Man allegedly tries to run over officer in Manchester, police van crashes while responding
Day Three in the dark for many in NH
Derry holiday parade to be held today
Hamilton's OT goal wins for Bruins