Race your OWN Sled Dog Team! Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, January 4, 2020
PLEASE NOTE: We are limiting our race package to six teams for 6-dog class the 2020 race. This is a very popular package and will sell out! Reserve early! SORRY...THIS PACKAGE IS SOLD OUT FOR 2020.
The Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race takes place on Saturday morning at Muskellonge Lake State Park, about 20 miles north of Nature’s Kennel. It is a spectator friendly race that begins and ends at the State Park. The race has many classes, with the 4-dog and 6-dog classes being suitable for beginners or first time racers. You will be racing on the trail with many other dog teams/kennels. You will be expected to uphold proper race etiquette, understanding that this is a race for FUN!
Race Weekend Itinerary:
Friday, January 3rd, arrive at Nature’s Kennel at 10 am to meet your very own race team. You will begin the day by taking your team out (led by an NK guide) to practice passing, stopping, and getting off the sled to fix a tangle, etc. You will get instruction in race etiquette, race day preparations, and what to expect on the big day. Lunch is provided at the kennel. We will finish our day of practice and instruction by 5:30 pm. Dinner is on your own. At 7:30 pm you are required to attend the mandatory musher’s meeting at the American Legion Hall in Newberry. The musher’s meeting is where the race director goes over the race rules, answers questions, and where you will receive your race bib number. Lodging is on your own, there are many hotels in Newberry to choose from.
Saturday, January 4th, arrive at Nature’s Kennel at 6:30 am to help load your race team into the dog truck for transportation to Muskellonge Lake, the race start! The 12-dog pro class begins at 9:30 am, and we want to be sure we are on time to see the big teams head out. The race is spectator friendly, so be sure to bring your fan club along to take photos and cheer loud! Lunch is on your own, there are vendors at the race site and we will bring along few snacks as well. We should be headed back to the kennel around 4 pm. We will have a post-race gathering at the race volunteer banquet in Newberry with pizza dinner provided. Lodging is on your own.
Sunday, January 5th, Musher’s Banquet, 9:30 am at the American Legion Hall in Newberry. This is the post-race awards banquet for all mushers. You are not required to attend, but it’s a great wrap up to the weekend. Your package includes one breakfast ticket to this event (additional tickets are available at the door).
Cost: 6-dog class package is $975. Cost includes race entry fee, a 6-dog team, dog sled, gangline, harnesses, mandatory gear as required per race rules, full day instruction/training on Friday, lunch on Friday, race handlers to help your team out at the race start and provide trail assistance, dog team transportation on Saturday to the race, snacks on Saturday, pizza dinner on Saturday night, and awards banquet/breakfast on Sunday.
Race Qualifications: Mushers in the 6-dog class must be 18 years or older, be in great physical condition and must have previously completed the Thrilla in McMilla NK race, or have completed a day trip or overnight tour with Nature’s Kennel or another outfitter.
Reservation/Race cancellation policy: You must reserve your race team by December 20, 2019. Half of the package cost is due at time of reservation. If the TCSDR is canceled or postponed, you will receive your deposit back.
For more information or to reserve a team contact Tasha at Nature’s Kennel