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Memorial Dog Sled Race A Go

The Jack Gawthorn Memorial Memorial Dog Sled Race returns to the 108 Mile Ranch following a one-year hiatus due to the lack of snow.

President Craig Conklin shares with us how the commemorative event got started.

“I’m not sure what year it was, but there was a local musher by the name of Jack Gawthorn who went out for a late winter run with his sled and would go across the local lakes. He fell through and they never found him or his team.”

Conklin says about 10 years ago, the Race was re-branded as the Cariboo Challenge.Gawthorn Dog Sled Races_1_0130_2016

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The event which runs today and tomorrow from 9 am until 4 pm will have races in a number of categories.

Conklin says you’ll be able to see a lot of mushers, along with their four-legged friends, from outside of the province.

“There’s hardly mushers left the Cariboo,” he says.

“We’ve got a five year old girl coming from Pinehurst, Idaho.”

 

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