21st annual Kearney Dog Sled Races Feb 7 & 8th 2015
Kearney, Ontario, December 18, 2014 – As many as 75 dog sled teams will compete in and around Kearney at the 21st Anniversary Dog Sled Races on Saturday February 7th and Sunday February 8th in Ontario’s biggest annual dog sled competition.
Kearney, population 800, is nestled in the beautiful Almaguin Highlands on the western edge of Algonquin Park, half an hour north of Huntsville on Hwy 518 E, east of Highway 11. (Directions)
The population of the picturesque town of 800 triples every February as dog sledders and spectators from across North America come to enjoy this Canadian Tradition in beautiful winter terrain. The Kearney Dog Sled races are sanctioned by the Ontario Federation of Sled Dog Sports.
Participants from Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and the northern United States will mush along the snowy trails throughout Kearney and the western edge of Algonquin Park. Along with our 4 and 6 dog sprints and 1 and 2 dog Ski-jouring events, this year we’ve also added a 2-day, 100 mile staged race. Mushers can race 10 dogs at a time from a pre-set 12 dog pool for 50 miles each day.
Festivities start Friday evening, February 6th with a family skate and bonfire with free hot dogs and hot chocolate at the Kearney Lions Park and conclude Sunday at 4:00 with a lasagna dinner during prize presentations. The weekend is packed with other activities for a fun, family orientated weekend.