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100-Mile Wilderness Sled Dog Race

October 16, 2005 - BROWNVILLE JUNCTION

By Terry Knowles and Margaret Williams

The 2nd annual Greenville to Brownville 100 mile race will be a challenge for musher and dogs alike. This year Plum Creek has stepped forward too come up with $5,000 for the race purse.

Contestants in the 100-mile race will begin on Moosehead Lake at 9 AM on Saturday, February 11th, 2006. The 100-mile race mushers will travel through the “The 100 mile wilderness” on an “out and back” trail. At the turnaround on Railroad Avenue in Brownville Junction, mushers will rest themselves and dogs for a minimum of two hours. The race, this year, is limited to 20 teams. Viewing points will be at the Starting point, on the county road near Katahdin Iron Works, and at the Brownville layover on Railroad Avenue.

The race is a collaborative effort of the Towns of Greenville and Brownville along with the Moosehead Riders and Brownville Snowmobile Clubs and many land owners. This race starts what is a larger two-week long SnoFest in Greenville.

Greenville’s SnoFest is a “celebration of winter sports”, showcasing and offering chances for the public to participate in both motorized and non-motorized activities. Greenville is working with several local organizations and landowners – including the Appalachian Mountain Club and Plum Creek Timber Company - to promote and expand winter sports in the region. Brownville is also planning some additional winter related activities for the race weekend this year.

Again, the goals for this year's race are to get community members involved, both as volunteers and spectators, to have a fun and to run a safe race for dogs and mushers. Plum Creek Timber Company has stepped forward as the major sponsor with a race purse of around $5,000.00.

Behind the scenes, a group of dedicated individuals from throughout Piscataquis County have been working on the race since June 2004. The Appalachian Mountain Club has been a big supporter of this effort from the start of this process.

For race rules and more information, go to the Three Rivers Community Web Site:

http://www.trcmaine.org/sledrace/, or the Town of Greenville’s website: www.GreenvilleME.com.

For more information, contact Amy Dugan at info@mtnridge.com or Terry Knowles at mawtrk@midmaine.com, or contact the Towns of Brownville or Greenville, or the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.