By Alicia Dziak

The Trappers Special Dog Sled Race will be held next weekend at Allegany State Park (ASP). The races will be held March 1 and 2, weather permitting, after a few years’ hiatus due to lack of snow.

Several races will be held throughout the weekend, with teams led by 1-12 dogs racing distances of 4-28 miles. Mid-distance races begin at 8:30 a.m. and sprints begin at noon both days.

The races are brought to the park by Canadian American Sledders Inc., an organization, which, according to their website, “is a small organization that was established in 1962.  The club was established to enjoy experiences and lessons learned from our dogs.”

The races will be held at Camp Turner on the Quaker side of the park. (To get there, enter the park at Quaker, and Camp Turner will be on the left past Quaker Lake.)

Parking will be available in the Camp Turner parking lot and also along ASP Route 3, the main road that leads into the park from I-86.

Camp Turner’s dining hall will be open and serving refreshments, and proceeds from the sales will benefit Camp Turner.

While the hope is that the snow will stick around, a final decision on whether conditions are conducive to racing will not be made until a few days before the race. Be sure to check and the group’s Facebook page before you head out to the park.