Dinner Plain Sled Dog Challenge attracts 350
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.