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Weather Cancels Dog Racing Here In Langlade County

February 15, 2012

Antigo Daily Journal

Antigo Daily Journal

Lack of snow has forced the cancellation of Langlade County Culver’s Trailblazer Challenge Sled Dog Races slated this weekend.

The event, hosted by the Langlade County/Antigo Chamber of Commerce and managed by the Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club, was originally planned for Jan. 22 and 23 but was postponed to this weekend in hopes of adequate racing conditions.

“We are all disappointed in the weather,” Jan Bootz-Dittmar, president of the Wisconsin Trailblazers, said. “Sled dog racers appreciate the efforts of the Langlade County/ Antigo Chamber and their willingness to be flexible in making the race happen. Thank you to Deena Grabowsky and her staff at the Chamber for their assistance and determination.”

This marks the second year in a row that a lack of snow forced the races to be canceled.

“We are moving forward to try again next year to host sled dog racing in Antigo,” Grabowsky, the chamber’s executive director, said. “I have received positive comments about the benefits a winter event such as this will bring to our community. Thank you to members of the Wisconsin Trailblazers, county and city agencies, and the private land owners for their cooperation and to the local business community for their financial support. Each is instrumental in making the races happen.”

In January, 2010, the Langlade County event drew 92 entries from across seven states. Hundreds of spectators were on-hand to watch the races and the International Sled Dog Racing Association’s Dog and Driver ranked the races in the top three for three of the eight categories.

The lack of snow has played havoc on the circuit of sprint races organized by the Wisconsin Trailblazers this year, with Land O’Lakes being the only event successfully completed. The race planned for Merrill was also canceled. There is still a possibility for a race next weekend near Brokaw although chances of sufficient snow conditions seem slim.

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