Lacona Man to Compete in International Sled Dog Race

Roy Smith, a local sled dog musher, is gearing up to participate in the 2012 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. The race, which begins in Wyoming and ends in Utah, is one of the most prestigious sled dog races in the world. It takes place from Jan. 27-Feb. 4, 2012.

It’s been a dream for Smith, 45, who has 18 years of racing experience throughout Canada and New England, to participate in this race. In fact, he’s been training particularly for the International Pedigree for the last three winters.

The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race attracts thousands of spectators who crowd villages and towns throughout Wyoming and Utah to watch sled dog teams race from 30 to 60 miles per day in altitudes ranging from 6,000 to 8,000 feet. A $60,000 purse is split among the top 10 finishers. The 1st place winner takes home a $10,500 prize.

Smith, of Lacona, NY is currently fundraising in order to achieve his dream. He hopes to raise $4,500 for the trip which would cover expenses relating to the entry fee, hotels, fuel, food and an assistant.

Smith welcomes the opportunity to speak with those interested in sponsoring his participation in the International Pedigree. He can be reached at 315-408-7154 or [email protected]

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