END OF THE RUN
Rideau Lakes Cup Dog Sled Event Cancelled
The Rideau Lakes Cup ran some very successful Dog Sled and Skijoring Races over the past years with thanks to extremely energetic, dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. Competitors who supported these events were some of the best athletes in their field and made the Rideau Cup the best competition in South Eastern Ontario.
Weather played havoc for a number of years resulting in last minute cancellations or shortening the race venue due to poor winter conditions.
We ran a very successful race in 2013 for both Sled Dog Teams and Skijorers. Mother Nature cooperated and the daylong event was a huge accomplishment.
However, the volunteers of the Rideau Lakes Cup have decided that this event will now end on a “bang”.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Rideau Lakes Cup in the past. To the event volunteers, competitors and spectators. To our sponsors and photographers. To our web page designer and the executive committee members. To our founding members and race Marshalls. We are sad to see the end of the Rideau Cup but leave with amazing memories and deep appreciation and respect for the sport.
The Rideau Lakes Cup Dog Sled Races take place in the Village of Newboro, in the Township of Rideau Lakes. The main race is a mid-distance, 25 mile race, run with 6 dogs. There are also skijoring races (a skier pulled by one or two dogs)
The Village of Newboro, nestled on the shores of Newboro Lake was founded during the construction of the historic Rideau Canal (1827-1831). Over time the village thrived as a central transportation hub with the canal, train and stagecoach routes crossing at its doorstep.
The first Rideau Cup Race was held in February 2008. It helped celebrate both Newboro and the designation of the Rideau Canal as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The last Rideau Cup Race was held in February 2013. Although very successful, uncertain snow conditions, which has caused rescheduling and cancellations, preclude us from continuing to hold this event.
Thanks to All
THANKS - The race committee would like to thank the great response our second year received from the teams that participated in this event and the terrific support of our 97+ volunteers that allowed the event to run without a hitch. Thanks to both participants and our great group of volunteers.