Wilderness Sled Dog Race, Greenville Maine, in pictures: part 1

 

Shelter from the wind and the cold before the race

Shelter from the wind and the cold before the race

My wife Holly and I were present for our first wilderness sled dog race on Saturday February 4th despite my having worked the night before we made it in time for the pre-game show where both dogs and humans posed for pictures while putting on their harnesses and trying to hide their excitement (the dogs of course). We braved a biting wind and took our place on Lily Bay Road before walking the short distance to Leisure Life in Greenville, joining hundreds of other hearty souls from as far away as Quebec Canada!

I felt the excitement too, having a new film camera to experiment with, the Canon ql17 (the poor mans Leica), and jockeying for position with a host of other digital photographers there with the latest technology designed to make us all into great photographers, all of us trying to capture that “Kodak” moment when time seems to come to a stop. Sometimes, you have to get in there like a Washington Lobbyist but still be respectful and courteous of other people’s personal space, in other words try not to get in the way of the mushers. Here is some “more better” information on this years and next years race before I run out of words to say. Just click on the link and it will take you to the: 100 mile wilderness race

Here is an excerpt from their webpage:

“Youngest Wilderness Sled Dog Race Winner in 30 Mile!

The Wilderness Sled Dog Race was held February 4 2017 with hundreds of people visiting and over 70 volunteers from all over Maine and New England. But, our greatest accomplishment other than having a safe and successful day was the accomplishment of our youngest competitor Lara Renner of New Hampshire who placed first in the 30 mile race with a team of 6 sled dogs. Lara said in her winner speech that she was very happy with her dog team’s performance and her Dad Steve’s support. Lara’s time was 3:02:13 and did we say that she also was only 14 years old?”

The 12 sled dog teams prepare for the 70 mile race

The 12 sled dog teams prepare for the 70 mile race

Over 70 volunteers!

Over 70 volunteers!

"Whose side are you on anyway?"

“Whose side are you on anyway?”

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This weeks featured image

 

One last trip to the bathroom before the race...

One last trip to the bathroom before the race…

"The winner was Andre Longchamps of Quebec who won the race in a record time of 5:13:24."

All geared up and ready to go!

Wilderness Sled Dog Race Greenville, Maine Join Us February 3, 2018 Leisure Life Resort

Wilderness Sled Dog Race
Greenville, Maine
Join Us February 3, 2018
Leisure Life Resort

 

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Eric Leif Johnsen

About Eric Leif Johnsen

Eric writes photo essays about life in Maine from a fresh perspective: The real Maine, not the Maine you see in magazines.