Annual dog sled races remain part of local culture

By: 
Elizabeth Dunham, Contributing Writer

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The courses for the dog sled races will begin at the Civic Center and go west of Kalkaska onto state land. The trails will be marked and groomed in advance by volunteers, using a snowmobile with a drag. When groomed, the trails will be around 10 feet wide.

KALKASKA – The Kalkaska Winterfest is host to the largest sprint sled dog race in the continental United States. It attracts approximately 100 teams of dogs to compete in different classes and race courses, and this year is set for Jan. 20 and Jan. 21.

Jim and Kristi Collins are lead organizers of the dog sled races held in Kalkaska during Winterfest.

“There aren’t a whole lot of races in Michigan anymore and we want to keep the sport going. People come from out of town to watch and compete in these races and it’s something we want to do for the community,” said Kristi.

The courses will begin at the Civic Center and go west of Kalkaska onto state land. The trails will be marked and groomed in advance by volunteers, using a snowmobile with a drag. When groomed, the trails will be around 10 feet wide.

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