In February of 2014 the North Country Mushers hosted the first Great North Woods Sled Dog Challenge in Colebrook, NH. Our inaugural race was a great success and in 2015 the race increased to a three day, multi-location stage race.
Stage racing, a long-time popular concept in the west, is a series of shorter races that are hosted by a different community each day. Teams and mushers rest overnight between stages in the hosting towns, bringing lucrative business to local eateries, pubs, shops and lodging establishments. The cumulative times of each stage of the race are added together to determine the final winner of the entire race.
The 2018 race includes a 10 dog class, a 6 dog class and a skijor class (1-2 dogs), all with stages between 18-30 miles.
Note: This schedule is tentative and may be changed closer to the race!
Thursday March 8:
6 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet* hosted by Pittsburg Ridge Runners, Pittsburg NH – Open to public!
6-8 PM – Musher Check-in & Registration Deadline
8 PM – Musher Meeting and Bib Draw*
Friday March 9: – Pittsburg NH – Stage 1:
Events to be held at Ramblewood Cabins & Campground unless otherwise noted
Friday March 9:
5 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet – Location TBA* – Open to public!
Saturday March 10 – Dixville Notch/Colebrook NH – Stage 2:
Events to be held at The Balsams Resort unless otherwise noted
9 AM – Mushers Report to staging area for pre-race meeting*
10 AM – Race Start
11 AM – 1 PM – Watch dogteams finish.
5 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet @ Colebrook Country Club* – Open to public!
Saturday March 10:
5 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet @ Colebrook Country Club – Open to public!
Sunday March 11:
Events to be held at
Coleman Estates at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown NH unless otherwise noted
8:30 AM – Stage Mushers Report to staging area (Coleman Estates) for pre-race meeting*
9:30 AM – 1 Day Ray Mushers Report to staging area (Coleman Estates) for pre-race meeting*
10 AM – Race Start (Stage racers will go out first, followed by a 30 minute break, then 1 Day Racers)
12 noon – 3 PM – Watch dogteams finish.
1 Hour after last racer finishes – Awards Ceremony @ Colebrook Country Club – Open to public!