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WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
"The first annual long distance dog-sled race for Canada will take place in Marmora next Feb. 15, 16, 17 & 18 - a race of around 150 miles involving dogs and their owners from all over the continent. It will be sponsored by the Marmora & District Business Association and managed by the Arctic Sled Dog Club of Ontario." MARMORA HERALD OCT. 12, 1978
This was the exciting news that broke after the October 6th 1978 meeting of the 15 businesses that attended their association meeting at the Relm Club in Marmora. Guest speaker that night was Dennis Fitzgerald of the Arctic Sled Dog Club of Ontario, who was invited when it was learned from the Highlands of Hastings Tourist Association that the Club was looking for a race site. He explained that there was no long distance race in Canada at the time, and only three in the U.S. Marmora, he agreed, was a good choice in that it was the focal point of the Highlands of Hastings, with lots of snowmobile trails and enthusiastic people. By October 12, 1978, all Committee members had been chosen. The upcoming work was laid out with a budget of $4,000.00 (the 1998 budget is closer to $40,000.00!) And the whole village was to be called upon to work with the committee to make the weekend the biggest event Marmora had seen.
AND SO IT ALL BEGAN
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1983 THE YEAR OF THE RUN-AWAY DOG TEAM
A team, driven by Ken Sherwood of New York, somehow got off the trail, headed down Madoc Street and on to Highway 7 at the east edge of town. The team travelled down through Marmora, past Drummond's, IGA, T-Bell's and the Esso station. Ken was heading west, hollering and waving to people to help him because he couldn't get the dogs to stop. Everyone thought he was just waving so they waved back.
Meanwhile poor Ken passed the four corners and was Still heading west, over the bridge and up past the Rock Cut.
Finally an OPP cruiser heard about the runaway and took out after the team. After catching up with the team, Ken motioned for the cruiser to come close so he could drop his snow hook on the bumper of the car and stop the dogs. The OPP officer escorted Ken back down the highway and got him back o the trail. KEN NOT ONLY FINISHED THE 150 MILE RACE - HE CAME THIRD!
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