Warm weather forces cancellation of Labrathon, premier event of the Labrador Winter Games
The Labrathon — a signature event of the Labrador Winter Games — has been cancelled.
It's a premier event where participants in showshoes and seal skin boots compete on a frozen basin, affectionately known as "Maxville" after one of the event's founders, Max Winters.
Winters and Ebert Broomfield, the namesake of Happy Valley-Goose Bay's arena, created the event to honour the traditional lifestyle of the Labrador trapper.
Competitors tow implements for survival on a small sled and move through a series of events, much like a decathlon.
The event includes drilling a hole through ice by hand, lighting a fire, boiling a kettle, shooting targets, cutting through large logs with a buck saw and setting a trap.
Unusually warm weather has affected Labrador in recent days, prematurely ending one of the world's most gruelling snowmobile races, Cain's Quest, earlier this month.
It's also now affecting the Labrador Games, of which the now-cancelled Labrathon is a part.