Sarah Semmler and Maximus of Winnipeg had a good race. They were part of the Growler Howler at Mushin' for Mutts in Kenora.

"It's very hilly, especially for Prairie legs like mine," she said with a chuckle.

Janelle Devlin of Keewatin agreed. devlinjanelleJanelle Devlin of Keewatin reaches the finish.

"It was awesome. The trails are very well groomed, and everybody's a good sport out there," she said.

Just before race time, the wind chill was trying to rise above -34, and you could see how frost had formed on Devlin's eyebrows and face over the course of the race.

The event at Mount Evergreen was part of the winter carnival for the 10th year, noted lead organizer Laura Loohuizen.

"Winter here is for real. It lasts half the year. You can't stop walking your dog, because it's cold outside," she explained. "So, we found a way to keep them exercised and tire them out a little."

In all, volunteers estimated they had 50 dogs in 39 teams, as some teams had more than one dog. Loohuizen said they registered from Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout, Winnipeg and from as far away as B.C. this year.

For more information:

Kenora Winter Carnival 2019

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