Din­ner Plain Sled Dog Chal­lenge at­tracts 350

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THE an­nual Al­ti­tude 5000 Din­ner Plain Sled Dog Chal­lenge is back again in 2015 and this year’s event has at­tracted over 350 dogs and their mush­ers.

Aus­tralia’s orig­i­nal and most pres­ti­gious sled dog race has lured over 70 teams and more than 350 dogs to Din­ner Plain and they are pre­par­ing to bat­tle for the glory of vic­tory on Au­gust 8 - 9.

With five main sled classes, mush­ers can en­ter their hounds in two dog, three dog, four dog, six dog or eight dog events.

There will also be three tour­ing classes for the less com­pet­i­tive and the ski­jor­ing class for those who would pre­fer to ski be­hind their dogs.

Din­ner Plain Sled Dog Chal­lenge trail boss Rob Stevens said there will be en­trants from all around Aus­tralia com­pet­ing.

“We get a few com­peti­tors com­ing from all over the coun­try, most are from Vic­to­ria and NSW, a few from South Aus­tralia and Queens­land, but our big­gest con­tin­gent is prob­a­bly from Perth,” he said.

“There’s a team of girls that have been com­ing over for the last six years – they travel all over the Nullar­bor and do the Falls Creek race first and then Din­ner Plain and then head over to Can­berra.”

This year or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing to hold an en­duro run on Sun­day af­ter­noon with the hope of con­tin­u­ing it into the fu­ture.

“The en­duro race will take com­peti­tors out the back of Din­ner Plain, it won’t be on groomed trails and it will be very hilly but if we get a few hav­ing a go at that we might try and have it as a full event next year,” he said.

Mr Stevens said any­one want­ing to see 400 Huskies in one place should make their way up to Din­ner Plain on Au­gust 8 and 9.

MUSH: The 22nd Din­ner Plain Sled Dog Chal­lenge will see a high num­ber of com­peti­tors take to the trails.

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