Sled Dog Derby postponed to Feb. 14-16

LACONIA — The 85th annual Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby has been postponed from next weekend until the weekend of February 14-16 due to poor snow conditions.

It marks the second straight year that the derby has been postponed. Last year it was put off twice due to the lack of snow and finally held the first weekend in March.

Race trail boss Jim Lyman said that the course needs at least another six to eight inches of snow in order for the race to be held and says that the race date may be moved permanently to mid-February.

The New England Sled Dog Club has postponed one race scheduled for the Lakes Region and cancelled another. The Hill Village Race scheduled for last weekend has been cancelled and the Tamworth race, which was first held in 1924, was postponed from January 18-19 to March 1-2.