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Heavy snow takes
toll on mushers in Race to Sky


February 17, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana


This handler is trying to turn loose dogs who had just arrived at the Seeley Lake checkpoint lae Monday afternoon in heavy snow. Mushers continued on to Holland Lake battling more "heavy, wet snow," and race officials decided Tuesday to bypass the return from Holland Lake. Only seven mushers of 18 that had started the race, remained in the running at this point. These mushers and dogs were boxed and trucked back to Seeley Lake for a restart on to the finish line in Lincoln where a Whitefish carpenter, Butch Parr, was expected to win the race late Tuesday evening, according to Race to the Sky secretary Pam Otto. Behind him were Buck Church and Harry Lambirth.

Local musher Cindy Ogden was one 11 mushers who withdrew from the race due to the heavy, drifting snow on the trail to Holland Lake.

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