Pagosa Paw Sled Dog Race, Nordic races this weekend


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By Jennifer Martin

Special to The PREVIEW

Come join us for the sixth annual Pagosa Paw Sled Dog Race on Jan. 23 and 24. This is a must-see spectator event. Races start at 8:30 a.m. both days, so show up early for the excitement as sled dog teams gear up for their start times.

This winter dog sports event includes spectacular dog-sled racing as well as Nordic skiing. Races include a six-dog, 6-mile sled race, four-dog, 4-mile sled race, 6-mile skijor race (dog pulls you on skis) and a junior sled division. There is also a sportsman class offering a 4-mile and a 1-mile course for those who just want to try it out.

Cash prizes are awarded for competitive entries (based on a combined score for racing both days) and medals for sportsman participants.

To register as a racer, visit the Rocky Mountain Sled Dog Club website or call Jennifer Martin at 264-9358.

The Pagosa Paw Sled Dog Race will take place at the Toner Ranch in Pagosa Springs. The ranch is located 15.5 miles north on Piedra Road from U.S. 160. After crossing the Piedra River Bridge, turn right on Taylor Lane. Go 1.7 miles to the race site on the left. There will be a corral and cattle chutes on the right. Please allow enough time to reach this venue. The 17 miles is up a dirt road, so allow a good hour from town. Once you reach the race location, Taylor Lane loops back into Piedra Road, allowing for easy access for larger vehicles and trailers.