Din­ner Plain to cel­e­brate 25th an­niver­sary for Sled Dog race

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ONE of the most ex­cit­ing events on the alpine cal­en­dar for both man and his best friend will hap­pen at Din­ner Plain Alpine Vil­lage on Au­gust 11-12.

The Al­ti­tude 5000 Din­ner Plain Sled Dog Chal­lenge will cel­e­brate its 25th run­ning where over 350 dogs will be yelp­ing loudly to be al­lowed to run. A mix­ture of Siberian huskies, Alaskan mala­mutes and even kelpies will com­bine to tear up the snow in this bou­tique quaint set­ting near Mount Hotham.

The event is the long­est run­ning dog sled race in the snow, and the pic­turesque Din­ner Plain Alpine Vil­lage is the per­fect venue for watch­ing the race and cheer­ing on the dogs as they strive to be the fastest.

There will be over 70 mush­ers (driv­ers) with dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories from two, three, four, six and eight dog sleds and they run up to a 10km race start­ing and fin­ish­ing in the heart of Din­ner Plain.

Com­peti­tors in the past have trav­elled from Canada, USA and New Zealand mak­ing it a truly in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. With crowds lin­ing the course the week­end is a great spec­ta­cle.

It is also one of the busiest week­ends at Din­ner Plain, so book­ing in ad­vance is rec­om­mended and only com­pet­ing dogs al­lowed, so leave your pets at home.

Race or­gan­iser and ex­pe­ri­enced musher, Rob Stevens com­ments, “More than any other race it tests the depth of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the musher and their dogs. In this par­tic­u­lar en­vi­ron­ment one is to­tally de­pen­dent on their dogs, par­tic­u­larly lead dogs, they need to be both fast and re­spon­sive to voice com­mands, while also able to guide the team out of dif­fi­culty.”

Races start at 9am each day with teams ne­go­ti­at­ing the gum tree lined trails and all the win­ter el­e­ments should it be snow­ing. Visi­tors should rug up for the cold and ar­rive early to gain a great van­tage point. For more in­for­ma­tion on the race visit www.sled­dogchal­lenge.com.

PHOTO: Karl Gray

EX­CIT­ING: The dogs love to run in the Din­ner Plain Sled Dog Chal­lenge.

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