2019 Blue Mountain Sled Dog Race

by Jerry on December 28, 2018

Blue Mountain Snowdusters and North Country Mushers are coming together once again to host a mid-distance sled dog race on February 16, 2019, at the Grantham Recreational Fields on Shedd Road in Grantham, NH. The purpose of the event is to have a community event that will bring together area organizations, businesses and individuals. It is our hope to raise awareness and educate the public on both dog sledding and snowmobiling. In 2018 we hosted this event for the first time and it was a huge success. The community rally and participation was more than we had expected. The mushers who competed were excited to come back for another year. It is our hope that the weather cooperates and we will have another great turnout of around 25 racers and hundreds of spectators. See below for more info!


Sponsors

Thanks to all of our sponsors!


Sponsorship Opportunities

This would be a great opportunity for local business such as yours to advertise. If your company has interest in being a part of the event, we are offering several levels to meet your needs.

  • Race Sponsors $500, your business name will appear before a race category on all published and online media, the sponsorship will go towards a race prize to the top competitors. Your business banner will have prime viewing location at the start and finish area.
  • Banner Sponsor $50, will receive a 3x5ft banner slot. The race location will have a long starting shoot that will be fenced off for spectators to watch at a safe distance. This IS an ideal place for your banner or sign, as it will have prime visibility and is expected to be a highly photographed.
  • Friends of the Race $25, this tax-exempt sponsorship will help with costs of putting on such an event and if we receive enough donations and sponsorship, we hope to put together a cash purse for the competitors.

All sponsorship will also be proudly displayed on press releases, posters, Facebook pages, and our website, snowdusters.org.

Please help us kick off 2019 with a great event for the local community and your business customers. Please contact Elizabeth at elizstrobridge@gmail.com with any questions you may have about the race. Thank you kindly for your support.


Spectator Information

Blue Mountain Snowdusters and North Country Mushers are excited to share another fun event with our community. Parking at the recreational fields is along the road only. Parking lot is for mushers only, Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. The race will kick off at 9:30 am Feb 16th 2019 it will take approximately 40 – 60 minutes for competitors to leave the starting area at intervals. They will start arriving back 80 to 120 minutes later to the recreational area. There will be food and warm drinks available by cash donation. This is a fundraiser for the Blue Mountain Snowdusters who maintain 65+ Miles of recreational trails in the area. There will also be viewing of teams going by at the end of Walker Road in Grantham and at the Blue Mountain Snowdusters warming hut. The local Girl Scout troop will be located at the end of Walker Rd with warm beverages and COOKIES for sale. Come cheer on the teams!

Important reminders: Sled dogs are professional athletes, not your average pooch. Please respect them while they are in the dog truck area and while the mushers are preparing them to race. Always ask owners’ permission before approaching any dog before and after the race. When teams are headed to the starting line keep a clear path. We ask that you keep your own pet dogs at home, this day is all about the athletes and we don’t want to distract them.


Volunteer Information

If you would like to help with this event please contact Christine at christine.a.richardson@gmail.com

Opportunities include:

  • Trail help: staying at important intersections to direct teams this position is great to share with a few people or family
  • Parking: Help teams with parking and talking with spectators about teams
  • Bag Checkers: Check sled bags for required equipment as teams are arriving at the finish line
  • Timers: Help with main timer to maintain tracking boards
  • Set-up and take down: Will need volunteers at both the starting area and out on the trail putting up trail markers and helping setting up the start/finish area
  • Food Volunteers: Help make crock pot dishes and assist with vending the day of the event. Please contact Elizabeth at elizstrobridge@gmail.com for this position!


Musher Information

The 2019 Blue Mountain Sled Dog Race will offer a 18 mile skijor, 18 mile 6 dog Class and 30 mile 8 dog course. The trail features a variety of fun and challenging terrain. There will be a mandatory mushers meeting at 8:30am at the starting area. Mushers may start arriving at 7:30 am and the first competitors will be leaving the starting shoot at 9:30am. Please bring your own water supply and be prepared to pick up after your team. There will be a porta potty on site and food will be available at the recreational fields. Registration deadline is February 12th 2019 at 7pm. Please see the registration form for more details. Checks can be made payable to Blue Mountain Snowdusters and mailed to:

Elizabeth Strobridge
154 Meadowbrook Rd
Grantham NH 03753

Any questions can be emailed to Elizabeth at elizstrobridge@gmail.com

Link to Registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/XFDixCJ5DYa1yO0u1

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