Multiple days of dog sled races in Brownville Junction

Contributed, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • January 20, 2020

BROWNVILLE JUNCTION — The Maine Highlands Sled Dog Club will host a two-day sled dog race on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26 as part of Brownville’s annual 11th Dog Days of Winter celebration. Teams will leave Railroad Avenue in Brownville Junction at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, travel up to the KI Road along the converted rail bed and then return along the same trail.

Spectators are encouraged to come early to watch the mushers ready their teams for the 20-mile trip, and meet some of the best four-legged athletes from around New England doing what they love. Food will be available to purchase at the nearly American Legion Hall, and club members will be available to talk with interested folks about dog-powered sports.

Observer file photo/Stuart Hedstrom
MUSHING HIS TEAM TO VICTORY — Milo resident Rico Portalatin earned top honors in the longer distance competition of 34.2 miles during the 2018 Maine Highlands Sled Dog Club and the town of Brownville’s Brownville-KI and Beyond Sled Dog Race on the morning of Jan. 27. Portalatin’s team covered the route in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 27 seconds to win by over 29 minutes. This year’s races will be starting at 10 a.m. Jan. 25-26..