Location Change for Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – One of the Midwest’s most prominent mid-distance sled dog races will be held in a new location in the Upper Peninsula this year.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, held the last 13 years at Rainbow Lodge on the mouth of the Two-Hearted River, will be hosted this winter by Muskallonge Lake State Park, about 28 miles north of Newberry, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday January, 5. Race officials say the change in venue is a result of the Duck Lake Fire.
The wildfire, which swept through the northern section of Luce County in the spring of 2012, destroyed Rainbow Lodge and also much of the trail system that the race had run in prior years.
The race is a combination of pro and sport classes with professional 12-dog and eight-dog teams running 60 and 40 miles, respectively, and with sports classes of two-to six-dog teams running from 4 to 30 miles.
The race will begin and end at the park’s day-use area. Held the first weekend in January each year, the race is always one of the first of the mushing season and draws mushers from throughout the Midwest, Canada and, occasionally, Alaska.
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