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2019 Ethan Howard Memorial Rig Race

November 9, 2019 - November 10, 2019

Our 2019 dryland race will be held November 9th and 10th in Auburn, New Hampshire. Registration is now closed.

Trail update: We will be using both the 2.2-mile and 3-mile loop trails. There will be no logging activity/equipment at the site this year. Some segments of the trails have been patched with rocks (approximately 1-inch crushed stone). We will update this page with photos of these segments.

Canicross changes. Canicross will run both Saturday and Sunday for those who want to compete in a sanctioned class. There will be an additional class for runners who just want to compete on Sunday (this class will not be sanctioned).

Race Details

The race will be ISDRA sanctioned. Classes are:

    • 1-2 dog bike and scooter (2.2 miles);
    • 4-, 6-, and 8-dog rig (3 miles);
    • 3-dog junior (2.2 miles);
    • Canicross (3 miles) (Saturday & Sunday for ISDRA points; just Sunday for a fun run)

Purse: TBD

Race fees
are as follows: $40 for 8-dog rig (ISDRA fee included); $35 for 4- and 6-dog rig, 1- and 2-dog bike and scooter (ISDRA fee included); $25 for canicross (ISDRA fee included); fee TBD for Sunday-only canicross; $10 for 3-dog junior.

Check-in for the race will begin at 8 am. Please drop off forms and fees and pick up bibs at this time. There will be NO onsite registration for the race. There will be a mandatory drivers’ meeting at 8:30 am. The first class is slated to start at 9 am.

Tentative Schedule
Drivers’ meeting: 7:30 am
Canicross: 8 am.
1-dog bike
2-dog bike
3-dog junior
1-dog scooter
2-dog scooter
This schedule is subject to adjustment. We will have a lunch break after the rig classes. Start times and a complete schedule will be posted on Friday, Nov. 8.

Breakfast and lunch will be offered for donations—all profits going to Liberty House, a home for veterans in need. Racers and spectators are encouraged to bring sleeping bags, sneakers, backpacks, and non-perishable food items for donation to Liberty House.


4-dog team running Auburn trail

4-dog team on course

The race is held at the Manchester Water Works in Auburn, New Hampshire.

We are the guests of the Manchester Waterworks, please be courteous and respectful of the property and rules. Keep the area around your truck clean and be sure to pick up after your dogs and yourself.

Accommodations & Dining
Auburn is quite close to both Manchester and Concord, which have ample hotel and dining options.


Take Rt. 101, Exit 2. Go 7/10 mile towards Auburn. Look for 35-mph sign on right. Go slow as you go up small hill. Just after crest of hill, turn left onto Depot Rd. Go 3/10 mile to field. Drive through yellow gate on right. Please park in neat rows in the field, not too close to the trail head or on dirt roads.




NESDC Waiver

The race is organized by the New England Sled Dog Club (NESDC) and sanctioned by the International Sled Dog Racing Association, Inc. (ISDRA).

I acknowledge that there are risks of injury to persons or possible damage to equipment while participating in the race. I further acknowledge that I am participating in this race at my own risk. I understand that NESDC and ISDRA are corporations formed to advance the sport of sled dog racing, and that their efforts directly benefit me.

In consideration of my being permitted to participate in this race, on behalf of myself, my heirs, my assigns, and personal representatives, I hereby waive, release, and forever discharge NESDC, ISDRA, any organizations and/individuals involved in organizing and/or sponsoring this race, any municipalities or other public entities, and all of their employees, agents, officers, directors, attorneys, members, sponsors, promoters, and affiliates whosoever from any and all liability, claim, loss, cost, or expense for personal injury, death, or property damage arising from or attributable in any way to any action or omission to act of any such person or organization in the sanctioning, organization, or execution of this sled dog event, or my participation therein, even through negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons or entities mentioned above, including but not limited to travel to or from or parking at the sled dog event.

Knowing the above risks of sled dog racing, I nevertheless hereby agree to assume those risks and to release, discharge, and hold harmless all of the persons and entities mentioned above who (through negligence, carelessness, or otherwise) might be liable to me or my heirs or assigns, for any and all damages for death, personal injury, or property damage of any kind. The risks which I assume are all of those involved in participation in a sled dog event, including, but not limited to, those relating to trail conditions, weather conditions, passing of teams, contact between dogs and mushers on different teams or the same team, starting and finishing the race, sanctioning and officiating the race, spectator presence at the race, announcing and timing of the race, travel to and from and parking at the race, and all other natural and man-made conditions of any kind whatsoever pertaining to or occurring at the race.

Manchester Water Works and the City of Manchester Liability Waiver

I, for myself, my heirs, my executors, and administrators, release the Manchester Water Works and the City of Manchester from any and all liability in case of death or injury received during participation in the Auburn Charity Rig Race. 


Fees & Payment


November 9, 2019
November 10, 2019
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58-76 Depot Rd
Auburn, NH 03032 United States
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