Unseasonably warm, wet weather has forced the cancellation of Ely’s WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race.
The 50-mile race was slated to begin on Sunday, Feb. 26. Race organizers said that while the course had a good base of snow heading into the weekend, recent rains have led to deterioration.
The WolfTrack’s board of directors met Monday evening to review condition reports and decided to call off the race.
“This was both a hard decision and an easy decision,” said Ellen Cashman, president of the board of directors.
“It was a hard decision because we have had countless hours into planning and organizing the race and we realized we would miss seeing the dogs, mushers, sponsors, volunteers… all the people that we have built relationships with over the years. But it was also an easy decision because we care about these people and these dogs. After reviewing all the information, including advice from our race marshal and official race veterinarian, we realized we could not guarantee a safe race for participants, volunteers and spectators,” she said.
The first WolfTrack was run in 2008, and the race is expected to celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, weather permitting.