January 6, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
The Seeley-Lincoln 100/200 will be run on the weekend of Jan. 29 to 31.
This race is an expansion of the Seeley 100 dog sled race that has been offered in past years.
This 104/207-mile race is used as a "warm-up" for the Race to the Sky and is now a qualifier for the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest Dog Sled Races in Alaska and Canada.
The race starts in Seeley Lake on Saturday afternoon and offers excellent opportunities for spectators to view the teams and the start.
The teams will be available for viewing on Saturday afternoon with the race starting at 3:30PM.
There is a four-hour camp-out at Monture Creek on Saturday night. The 100-mile race will end on Sunday morning in Lincoln at Hi-Country Jerky.
This will also be the turn-around point for the 200-mile race. The 200-mile teams will be there for four hours before returning to Seeley Lake. Hi-Country will also be a good spectator site on Sunday morning.
There is a twelve (12)-dog limit on the teams, with a very strong emphasis on dog care. The anticipated purse will be $2,500-plus. The purse is dependent on the number of entries and the support from sponsors.
All money, after expenses, goes to the purse. There are already teams entered from Maine, California, Arizona, Washington, Colorado, and Oregon as well as a contingent of local Montana dog teams.
Race to the Sky
Montana's premier winter event is The Race to the Sky. This dog sled race starts in Helena and continues across Montana's scenic winter country to end near Missoula.
This 350-mile dog sled race commemorates the use of sled dogs during World War II. It will have a ceremonial start on February 12 in Helena. The race will then restart in Lincoln on Sunday, February 13, and proceed to the White Tail Ranch for the first of four checkpoints in the Seeley Lake-Ovando area.
The White Tail Ranch checkpoint will be open Sunday evening through Monday morning. The Seeley Lake area checkpoints include downtown Seeley Lake, Holland Lake Lodge, and Fawn Creek Trailhead off Boy Scout Road.
Volunteers are the backbone of all of these races. They staff the check points, groom the trail, and cook meals at the check points. If you would like further information on the races or being a volunteer please contact Norman Lee at 677-3016 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.