Feb 3, 2016 10:59 AM

Laconia's 87th annual World Championship Sled Dog Derby cancelled for lack of snow


LACONIA — The lack of snow has forced the cancellation of the 87th Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby this month.

According to the Union Leader, sled dog races have also been cancelled in many places in the Northeast and Eastern Canada due to the warm winter.

The city’s sled dog races have fallen victim to the warm weather.

"You can’t race dog sleds without snow. It’s not even close this year,” Jen Lyman, one of the organizaers said. “It’s been up in the air for a while, but we figured we’d get some snow some time. It just didn’t happen.”

The derby was scheduled for Feb. 12, 13, and 14 on the usual trails in the fields of Laconia. But for the race to be held, the trails need a base of snow covered by 3-5 inches of snow.

In some years past, the derby was held on nearby lake ice, but there’s no lake ice this year, Lyman said.

“It would be one thing if there was snow in the forecast, but there’s no snow in the forecast at all, there’s just rain,” she said. “It’s not promising at all.”

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