The Silver Sled dog race may be in jeopardy if new board members don’t step up.
The Haines Junction race is in need of new board members on the society if the race hopes to continue, outgoing president Sarah Chisholm said.
Chisholm said herself and several other board members need to step down from the full-time commitment and are in need of new volunteers.
“We are in need of new energy to help organize the event,” she said.
The society will be hosting their annual general meeting Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in Haines Junction where the future of the race will be discussed.
Chisholm said the mushing community has been dwindling in Haines Junction in recent years and community members aren’t able to commit a significant amount of time to the event, with most people involved with other important volunteering events as well.
This is not the first time the race has faced this type of challenge and the race went through a four-year hiatus before starting up again in 2013 due to lack of organizers.
Upon the revival, Chisholm said they tried to make the race more sustainable by running the full 100-mile race every second year and a shorter, recreational race in between.
The society has had some interest so far Chisholm said with a good response from mushers outside of the community, but will have to wait until the meeting to decide what the outcome will be.
“We’ll have to see,” she said. “There’s not a lot of direct response from the community.”
The decision on Wednesday may not be as clear as continuing or dissolving the race, Chisholm said. But the group will see what the interest is like and make a decision on whether or not to dissolve the society.
President for the past two years, Chisholm said in order to maintain the society they need a couple of individuals to step forward who can commit the time and energy required to organize the annual event.
“That’s really what will make or break it,” she said.
For those unable to attend the meeting in person, Chisholm said a Skype or phone call can be arranged.