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A musher and dog team compete at the 2013 Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race.
The Gateway North Sled Dog Race Association reports that 12 entries have already been received for the 2014 Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race.
Seven of the entrants are competing in the 520-kilometre 12-dog race, four in the 320-km eight-dog race and one in the 120-km open race.
The board aims to ensure that river ice in Prince Albert will be safe enough to cross to allow for the traditional downtown start. Challenge crews plan to work with the city and Winter Festival Committee to see that flooding is performed if necessary to guarantee safety on the river.
Crews will soon begin trail work. Reports of severe tree blowdown between Christopher Lake and Anglin Lake may require rerouting parts of the trail in that area. Race organizers are monitoring the situation and paying close attention to weather conditions.
Volunteers to help with the race are still being sought out (applications are available online), as well as donations for the silent auction that accompanies the musher’s banquet.
Anyone interested in donating may contact Bernie Zintel at (306) 763-1539, or for the north, Gill Gracie at (306) 425-3826 or (306) 425-7280.