Winter dog races at Timberland Tours

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Close to 100 teams participated in the 3rd annual Pontiac Sled Dog races in early January.

Deborah Powell

BRISTOL – Timberland Tours hosted the third annual Pontiac International Sled Dog and Skijoring Races, January 5 and 6, where close to 100 teams from Canada and the U.S. competed in 13 races for $10,000 in prize money.
“It's about fun, family and friends,” said Abigaile Fox, a teen from Pennslvannia who raced 4, 6 and 8-dog sleds over the weekend.
The family aspect of the sport was underlined by the presence of sisters Jenna and Jayme Dittmar. After a long absence from dog racing, the two women have temporarily dropped their own careers, (Jenna as researcher at Cambridge University, and Jayme as film director in Alaska), to help run their mother's Alaskan kennel after she was injured in a serious accident. Race marshal Jim Cunningham presented them with a Get Well card signed by the racing “family” to take back to their mom.
Jayme Dittmar's partner, Kale Casey, whose film 'Dogpower' included footage from Timberland’s Dryland dog races, was part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in 2017. He uploaded lots of live footage over the weekend to his social media page. 
Many local volunteers and sponsors contributed to the weekend's success.