The Sandwich Sled Dog Race was held Saturday, February 14th on a beautiful, cold and snowy winter day. Dogs, mushers, volunteers and spectators all raved about the wonderfully groomed start area and trails, delicious food and camaraderie and cheered on sled dog teams and drivers in this challenging race that was first started in 1986.
We want to thank the COUNTLESS volunteers that make this Race possible. The list is too long to name individuals but this is a start: The Lego Club for providing the public Mushers’ Supper on Friday night, the Sandwich 4H Dog Club for making the volunteers’ lunches, the many community chefs who provided food for both the Friday night dinner and for sale at the Sandwich Sidehillers food booth at the Race site, all the cooks and wait staff at the booth, Sandwich Sidehillers Winter Trail Club for sponsoring the Race and hours of trail work and set up, Ossipee Valley Snowmobile Club for their beautiful multi-use trails, local businesses that provide financial donations, local homes and inns that provided mushers from far away a place to stay, strong members of the Civil Air Patrol who volunteered at the Race start line to get everyone parked and help get rambunctious, ready-to-run sled dogs to the starting line, the many volunteers who spent hours at road crossings and challenging trail turns making sure the teams are safe and on course, our announcer at the start line, Steve and Tracey Olafsen for providing the professional and official timing, the Radio Club and their hosts that keep track of the mushers every mile along the 45 mile course, the Sandwich PD and Highway Dept. for keeping us all safe, and the hard working crew that plows and packs the start/finish area and the parking lot.
Finally a super, big Thank You to our host families Gary, Diane, Ethan, Alyssa Floyd and Janet Brown.
Sincerely, Sandwich Sled Dog Race Committee