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Klondike 2022

Klondike Dog Derby, Excelsior Minnesota

Hi All,

How’s your January, so far? It’s hard to believe that is almost the 15th. Time doesn’t seem to be moving any slower. Maybe it's that old saying,”Time flies when you're having fun!” I think we all need to be having more fun, too! I did on Wednesday as it was my first day of the Ski Challenge 2022 season at Buck Hill ski area. In some respects it's silly to think about all of us old folks still ski racing (I’m not getting any faster!), but it sure is fun. I’ve been on the same team for years. Good people, good times, and it gets me out on the slopes twice weekly.  

Speaking of fun, the Klondike Dog Derby sled dog race is fast approaching! It’s happening February 4th and 5th, right here is Excelsior. I know many of you were there for our inaugural race in 2020, and that you know what a blast it was! This one is going to be just as great. We’ve got 35 teams signed up, from as far away as Alaska and Canada. The start is right down Water Street, which we fill with snow. The teams run 40 miles on lower Lake Minnetonka, and then finish back on Water Street. The race starts with an Opening Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday the 5th. Activities start on Friday the 4th with the Veterinarian Checks on all the dogs, and an opportunity to Meet-the-Mushers and Hug-a-Husky Friday (4-6 p.m.) in the west parking lot behind Brightwater. This is a great family event and a great opportunity to learn about the sport and to see how these super athletes—the sled dogs—are loved and cared for! Please check out our website (www.klondikedogderby.com) for all the information. As one of the founders of this event, I would also encourage you to help make this happen by purchasing a Trail Maker or a Sled Banner. We are a 501c3, not for profit, and we need to raise approximately $200K to make this event happen. Net proceeds will be split between Can Do Canines, ICA Food Shelf, and Adopt a Husky of MN. Any support would be greatly appreciated as we have a bit more we need to raise before we cross the fundraising finish line!

Now, about the shop! Even more fun is happening this weekend at Brightwater. I’m starting the Winter Clearance Sale on Saturday. There will be markdowns throughout the shop on select items and products.  Select sweaters, sportswear, and outerwear will be reduced 20-40% off the regular price. This is one of two sales that happen annually at Brightwater, and it’s an opportunity to save on Brightwater’s great offerings. I’d love to see you stop by, say hi, and check out the savings! 

So, welcome to the middle of January. Have some fun. Enjoy the snow. Start planning your Klondike Dog Derby adventure. Swing by Brightwater and check out the sales, and remember we’ve all got so much to be grateful for!

Sending lots of love. Hoping for lots of fun, and remember to be kind and smile!

See you soon,
- Bill

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