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White Oak Dog Sled Race
March 4 @ 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
To all mushers, veterinarians, road crossing crews, sponsors, law enforcement officials, other volunteers, and the public:
Thank you to all of you for your support of the 2017 White Oak Sled Dog Race! People are wondering if the race is a go or no-go, based on our recent weather here in the northland.
Yesterday two of us ran the trail on a snowmobile. Thank you to volunteer Steve McNamara who took the time to run the trail and stop occasionally to give us time to remove obstacles and take pictures.
As you may know, as of two days ago, the original weather forecast for our area was that we were supposed to get 3-5″ of snow. Then, yesterday, it changed to 1-2″. Sadly, we woke up this morning to see that we had received NOT EVEN ONE SNOWFLAKE. All of the snow bypassed us and went south! So I am sad to inform everyone that our race has “gone south” as well. =( There are too many bare areas and ice fields on the first 12 miles of the trail, and the weather report for race day, March 4th, is showing a high temp of 46-48 degrees, depending on which weather site you use. All of that ice makes the route unsafe, and the bare sections will be even larger on race day.
So the White Oak Sled Dog Race is cancelled for 2017. Mushers will be receiving refunds of their registration fees in the very near future. Please contact me if anyone has any questions. ~ Robin
Join The White Oak Society, March 4th 2017, in a celebration of winter, history, and canine companions!
There will be three races featured this year:
The first race will send mushers and their teams 23 miles to the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids, where they will take an hour and 30 minute layover. Then they will head back again to the White Oak Fur Post, for a round trip race of 46 miles.
A second race will run 23 miles to a Finish Line at Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids.
The third, (“Big Dog”) race will run only 12 miles from the White Oak Fur Post to a Finish Line at TK Automotive in Cohasset. “Big Dogs” include such breeds as Alaskan Malamutes, pure-bred Siberian Huskies, and Samoyeds.
Be sure to bring your camera! The Official Awards ceremony will be held back at the White Oak Fur Post and Learning Center at 5:00 p.m.
More Info: http://whiteoakhistoricalsociety.org/white-oak-sled-dog-race/