One-Tank Trip for Feb. 17/18
(c) By Jim Fox
“On you huskies,” Kearney is about to go to the dogs again.
Competitors from across Canada and the U.S. will converge on this community of 800 people in what is billed as the largest dog sled race in Ontario.
This iconic Canadian tradition has races through the town on Feb. 24 and 25 on the western border of Algonquin Park, just north of Huntsville.
|A two-day, 10-dog race is a feature of the Kearney Dog Sled Races.|
The Kearney Dog Sled Races are normally held on the first weekend of February but had to be rescheduled “due to unsafe trail conditions,” organizers said.
There will be more than 70 competitive mushers along with novice and future mushers taking part in the sanctioned event.
The race courses begin with a downtown start, challenging hills to climb, hardwood bush, and lakes and marshes to enjoy while racing through the natural beauty of the area.
The highlight event is an overnight trek through the wilderness.
It’s a two-day, 10-dog stage race covering about 60 kilometres a day, with the best accumulative time being the winner of a $5,000 purse.