Despite the cold the dogs love to run

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Jamie Cameron

BRISTOL – In the midst of record breaking cold temperatures, on the weekend of January 6-7, Timberland Tours held its 2nd annual Pontiac International Sled Dog & Skijoring Racing competition, where 80 teams competed for $10,000 in awards.


Jamie Cameron

BRISTOL – In the midst of record breaking cold temperatures, on the weekend of January 6-7, Timberland Tours held its 2nd annual Pontiac International Sled Dog & Skijoring Racing competition, where 80 teams competed for $10,000 in awards.
Categories of competition included sleds pulled by 4, 6, or 8 dogs; Kick sleds with 2 dogs; and Skijoring with one or two dogs.  Saturday’s Skijoring races were postponed until Sunday due to the frigid temperatures; under Olympic regulations, Skijoring must cancel with temperatures under -20, because it can be harmful to the skier’s lungs.
“Some of the best runners in the world are here this weekend” said Denis Rozon, Race Coordinator and owner of Timberland Tours; Rozon has also been racing dogs for over 45 years. He noted he had received calls from other runners in the US who were unable to make it due to bad weather. “80 teams are pretty good for the second year” Rozon said. “Next year, we will have even more.” All racers were entered into a draw to win a participation prize of $500; the winner was Maude Lapointe from Québec City.