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Sled dog races return to Redstone

Aspen Times Staff

A musher and his team head for the finish line at the 2006 Redstone Sled Dog Races. (Jane Bachrach/Valley Journal)

Aspen, CO Colorado

REDSTONE ” Far from the throngs of cheering fans and big-air exploits of baggy-panted competitors at Buttermilk, a winter tradition of a different sort returns to Redstone, the tiny community south of Carbondale in the Crystal River Valley.

The 23rd annual Redstone Sled Dog Races take place Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27 and 28, at Chair Mountain Stables (behind the coke ovens, off Highway 133).

Racing begins at 9 a.m. both days in various categories, along wth ski joring. Spectators are welcome, but pets aren’t permitted in the race-viewing area.

Presented by the Redstone Community Association, the weekend also features activities along Redstone Boulevard, including the second annual Dog Days of Redstone Parade at 4 p.m. Saturday, and live music by Alpine Echo at the Redstone Inn at 7 p.m.

The Redstone Arts Center will sponsor a snow sculpture contest along the boulevard both days.

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9 a.m. ” Races begin (Ski jor, 4-Dog Open, Purebred and Sportsman, 6-Dog Open and Purebred, Rookie).

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ” Concessions open (chili, hot dogs, beverages and baked goods).

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ” Snow sculpture contest on Redstone Boulevard.

4 p.m. ” Dog Days of Redstone Parade, from Redstone Inn to Redstone Park (all pets welcome; costumes encouraged and leashes recommended).

6:30 p.m. ” Social hour in the Grill at Redstone Inn with music by Alpine Echo; food and drink at the Crystal Club, Redstone General Store and Redstone Inn.

9 a.m. ” Final events (6-Dog Open and Purebred, 4-Dog Open, Purebred and Sportsman, Ski jor, Rookies); concession open until 1 p.m.

Following last race ” Awards ceremonies at race course viewing area.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ” Snow sculpture contest continues.

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