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Dozens of sled dog teams race in Langlade County

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ANTIGO (WAOW) -

Hundreds of sled dogs raced for the finish line in Antigo.

It was a welcome sight for the teams. For the past two years, the Langlade County Trailblazer Challenge was canceled because of the weather.

"It has been kind of a let down each year cause we do put a lot of work into the race each year, hoping that we'll get snow the week or two before but unfortunately we haven't had that," said Antigo and Langlade Co. Chamber Executive Director, Deena Grabowsky.

This year's races were postponed for almost a month because of the conditions.

Rachael Colbath came from Minnesota for her chance to compete. She said the lack of snow made training for the event tough.

"We trained on dirt and then we didn't have a lot of snow training just cause there wasn't a whole lot of snow," said Colbath.

Colbath has been racing with sled dogs since she was six.

She said this weekend's event is more than just a competition, it's a chance to finally enjoy winter weather.

"Just to be able to get out on snow is great for us, it's great for the dogs, it makes the dogs really happy to be able to race," said Colbath.

Race organizers said after two years of cancelled races, tcanceled snowfall made the conditions just right for this year's rescheduled race.

"We got exactly what we needed at the very last minute," said Organizer, Beth Castaldi.

Organizers said more than 60 mushers and their dogs will race on the six-mile trail this weekend.

"It's about their safety and it's about them being happy and you're just along for the ride," said Colbath.

A much anticipated race after a long wait.

Organizers said they're keeping their fingers crossed the weather will cooperate next year.

The races wrap up on Sunday.   

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