Stagecoach State Park will host a new dog sled race, sponsored by the Stagecoach Property Owner’s Association and the Colorado Mountain Mushers, on Jan. 7 and Jan. 8, 2012. Approximately 20 dog sled and skijoring teams will be racing an 8-mile or 4-mile track around the reservoir. The Knights of Columbus will be serving breakfast and lunch on Saturday and the Friends of Stagecoach State Park will serve breakfast and lunch on Sunday as fundraising events for the Friends’ group.

The race will be a family friendly event with a sledding hill, snowbike demos, and a 1.5-mile snowshoe race on Sunday. This race is fully comprised of volunteer efforts and donations from Paws n’ Claws n’ Things, Pet Kare Clinic, Ski Haus, Mount Werner Veterinary, Bonfiglio Drug, Glas Deffryn Ranch, Straightline, BAP!, the Oak Restaurant, Smartwool, and Steamboat Great Outdoors.

Please keep pets outside of the race staging area, the marina building, eating areas, and away from the race track on race day.  Remember, to keep all pets on a six foot leash.  Fishing access from the marina boat ramp will not be available.  A valid $7 daily or $70 annual park pass must be displayed on any vehicle entering the park.  Please visit www.parks.state.co.us/parks/stagecoach or call the park office at 970-736-2436 for additional race information.

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