Dinner Plain to celebrate 25th anniversary for Sled Dog race
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.
EXCITING: The dogs love to run in the Dinner Plain Sled Dog Challenge.