Sled dog races great

To the Journal editor:

The dog sled races in Marquette this year were spectacular, as always.

The preliminary work by volunteers enabled the races to be held — all the planning, contacting, examining dogs, even hundreds of people putting snow in a bare street the day of the races.

The mushers themselves spend years preparing their teams — proper food, training and all the expenses involved. These people have plenty of patience and skills.

The people in charge of the program and announcements did a terrific job. The race began with a color guard presenting flags. As the flags passed and “The Star Spangled Banner” was played, there was a display of respect, patriotism, and unity — most people were silent, some put their hands over their hearts, some men removed their hats.

This was followed by a prayer by Frida Waara for the safety of the participants and much information about mushing. It was encouraging to hear Gov. Rick Snyder speak.

The actual race was so exciting, even watching the dogs leap with enthusiasm and energy while waiting to run. The race requires courage and endurance in both the mushers and their dogs.

The Bible tell us that it is “… God who giveth us richly all things to enjoy…” (1 Timothy 6:17). We certainly do enjoy the sled dogs!

Looking up at the sky, I was confused by red and green lights traversing above. My husband said it was a drone, probably taking pictures of the race.

It was so interesting seeing one of the photos on the front page of The Mining Journal.