Warm weather hangs up the Silver Sled

Haines Junction’s Silver Sled Dog Race has fallen victim to the unusually warm weather of the past week, or so.

Haines Junction’s Silver Sled Dog Race has fallen victim to the unusually warm weather of the past week, or so.

This year’s running, which was scheduled for March 1-2, has been cancelled due to poor trail conditions, organizer Richard Anderson announced on Thursday morning.

“There’s a lot of overflow out there, and the trail’s not good — for 11 years we’ve run a fun and safe race, and we want to continue with that,” said Anderson.

“We don’t want anybody to get hurt, and we want it to be safe for the dogs.”

Along with the main 160-kilometre race, the 64-kilometre Chili Paw race and all shorter race events on March 1-2 are cancelled as well.

Other Kluane Winterfest events, including a bluegrass festival, will continue as scheduled.

Some of the smaller races scheduled for the following weekend, March 9, may still go ahead if conditions improve.

Check out www.silversleddograce.blogspot.com for the most current updates.

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