For Spectators

The New England Sled Dog Club welcomes you to our sled dog races and hope you will enjoy them as much as we enjoy racing. For many of you, this will be your first race, so we know you would like to know what you can do to help make this an even more successful race.

About our Races

The NESDC organizes sprint races—i.e., races between 2 and 12 miles in distance, depending on team size. Team sizes range from one dog (“bikejoring” or “skijoring”) to more than eight dogs. Races usually last two days and competitors must race on both days. Men and women compete as equals.

By all means, pick yourself a team to cheer for and let the driver know you appreciate his or her team’s efforts. As in all sports, it always helps to know you have someone cheering you on.

Tips for Spectators

4-dog team at our Tamworth, NH, race

4-dog team at our Tamworth, NH, race

We do not charge spectators for admission. The holding area and start/finish line are accessible to spectators. Depending on the race, you may also be able to go out on the course—please ask a race official or NESDC volunteer (check near the start line between races).

Feel free to visit the holding area and take all the pictures you want. Do be careful walking around the holding area as there are many things to trip over such as stake-out chains, harnesses, and sleds. Drivers and handlers will be glad to answer any questions you might have if they are not too busy. Just remember that it takes a lot of work to get the team ready for the race and up to the starting line, so at this time drivers may not have time to stop and talk to you.

Please, do not bring your dog (or worse, cat!) to a sled dog race. If you have one with you leave it in your car or some place away from the race. Remember, a driver handling several dogs cannot be responsible for the safety of your pet.

at the start line

at the start line

Also, keep your toddlers in hand. Eager dogs, ready to run, may leap or rear-up in anticipation, and it would be unfortunate to have an accident that was the fault of neither dog nor child. Lines connecting the teams and chains attached to tied-out dogs can be dangerous to a child.

Sled dogs are trained racing dogs and not house pets, and you should never feed them or offer them anything unless the owner has said that it was all right.

Please stand back when you are near the starting line or out on the trail. If you are too close you might distract the dogs and even cause them to leave the trail, which could result in the disqualification of that team.

Our Dogs

You may have been expecting to see Siberian Huskies. The dogs used for sprint races, however, tend to be Alaskan Huskies (dogs derived from Siberian Huskies and other breeds including Coonhounds and Pointers), Pointers, and mixes thereof. In the one- and two-dog classes you may see a greater variety of dog breeds as just about any fast dog over 30 lbs can pull a bike or skier. Whatever the breed, our dogs love to run, just as a house pet might like to go out on the leash or dig up the neighbor’s flower garden. Although they might look tired after a race, they are very happy animals. The only time a sled dog is unhappy is when he is not with the team.

We hope you enjoy the races and if you do be sure to tell others about the sport.

Thank You For Coming . . .  And Good Sledding!

NESDC

I hope this message finds you all feeling rested and relaxed after a great weekend of Dryland sled dog racing I want to thank you all for coming out to a very successful Ethan Howard Memorial rig race benefiting the veterans of Liberty house in Manchester. For every dollar raised for Liberty house translates to $20 at the food bank which means the $415 we raised turns into $8,300 at the food bank we are very happy and proud to do this for the men that have given up so much for us. We also collected lots of blankets non-perishable food items Sox and other daily essentials for our vets. I would like to thank Manchester Water Works and John O'Neill the Forester for helping us get this race on if it weren't for them we wouldn't have a place to race. I'd also like to thank Tom DiMaggio for Always setting up a great Trail and Sandy DiMaggio for letting us use your car as a time in car, last minute because that is definitely one thing I forgot to get. Thanks to Dawn Roberts and Nova Clifford for coming out and helping me and Tom set up Trail on a very very windy and cold Friday. I also want to than Anita Wischinski,Rainer Wischinski Ron stortz Nancy stortz, and Heidi Stortz for great job with feeding everyone even when the grills froze ! Ron's chili Heidi and Nancy bread and cookies and Anita's chocolate marzipan cake were to die for . I'd also like to thank Ingo for doing a great job timing (not an easy job), and Gretchen Karlson for being an awesome chief judge and Kelly McGrath for making sure all our bills are paid and Laura Hayes for registering everyone she has a tough job I want to take the time to welcome our new vice president Mike Green and our second vice president Rachel colbath and thank you for for stepping into a tough job and also want to welcome Gretchen Karlson and Doug Butler to the board of directors. Lastly I would like to thank Danae Bryar and crew for helping out with supplies along with Jacqueline
McCreedy making sure everything got set up every morning and broken down every night, and Esa for jumping in to help too. If I forgot anyone I'm sorry it's lack of sleep. Again thanks to all for coming out and making it a great weekend.
Happy trails to all sincerely Meg Mizzoni president New England Sled Dog Club. (Aka Fled Dog club)😁😁 lol.
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November 11, 2017, 12:00pm - November 11, 2017, 11:30am

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Annual Ethan Howard Memorial Rig Race

November 11, 2017, 8:00am - November 12, 2017, 3:00pm

Just one week to our annual rig race benefiting the veterans of Liberty house Manchester New Hampshire please bring donations they can use sleeping bags Sox shirts and shoes winter jackets any men's c...

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