Every winter since 1937, the Tamworth Outing Club has hosted sled dog races on beautiful Chocorua Lake and the surrounding hills that include the very photogenic Mt. Chocorua. The Tamworth Sled Dog race is the oldest sprint dog sled race in the country.
The races consists of sprint challenges, where each team has a driver pulled in a sled. As many as 70 teams compete. The longest course is about 10 miles. The adult Unlimited Class can have eight or more dogs on the team while a juniors’ class may consist of just a one-dogger.
The races include an event added in 2007 called Skijoring, where the dogs pull a cross-country skier. The signature race, the Pinetree Power Classic Open, is usually held mid-day. The race is usually held in late January or early February, but snow conditions on the lake can result in a rescheduling. Races start at 9am.
Admission is free for spectators, who are welcome to watch the teams, talk to drivers, and see the action. Viewers are treated to a day-long New England experience steeped in tradition and heritage. Spectators are welcome to walk, snowshoe, or ski onto the ice. Hot chocolate, chili, hamburgers and hot dogs are usually available, and there is often a bonfire where marshmallows are toasted.
The typical schedule is:
8:30am-8:45am: Drivers meeting
– Skijoring (4 miles)
– 3 Dog Junior (4 miles)
– 4 Dog (4 miles)
After start of Open Class:
– 1 Dog Junior (4 miles)
– 8 Dog (8 miles)
– 6 Dog (6 miles)
– Open/Unlimited (10-15 miles)
Weather permitting, Jack (this event's fearless organizer) will arrive Saturday around 9:00/9:30. The parking lot will fill quickly, so meet on the bridge separating the lake from the pond.
Jack will make his cell phone available to attendees. We won't print it here for privacy reasons.