In dog mushing, there is no calm before the storm. Once dogs are released from their kennels and hooked into their gang line, the excitement reaches hurricane levels. Dogs bark and jump, eager to pull their owner’s sled as fast as they can and win the race. To any outside observer, dog mushing is clearly an event for people who love dogs—love to play with them, spoil them, and enjoy the great outdoors with them.
The Rocky Mountain Sled Dog Club was established in 1960 to connect these dog lovers. For over fifty years, the organization has promoted the art and joy of dog mushing through race events and comradery. It specializes in sprint races, those under 20 miles, rather than long distance races like the Iditarod, which can reach up to 1,000 miles.
This year, the Rocky Mountain Sled Dog Club will host the 11th annual Grand Mesa Summit Challenge Sled Dog Race on February 4th and 5th. This is the country’s highest dog sled race, with elevations of 10,500 feet or higher, and its course runs across the world’s largest flat-topped mountain. Expect to see any type of dog that can pull a sled. Breeds used in the past include Siberian Huskies, Pointers, Poodles, Rottweilers… the list goes on!
In addition to the dog races, the weekend also includes skijoring, where one or two dogs pull a skier down a course. If you want to see a unique winter event, dog skijoring is the one to check out. For more information on the Grand Mesa Summit Challenge Sled Dog Race, visit www.rmsdc.org.
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