Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sled Dogs Galore

It was a day of "sled dogs galore" as we were running the trails with our local group of dog sled teams and multiple teams from Good Times Adventures.
An 8-dog team from Good Times getting started up the trail while Max & Zorro launch
into "follow the leader" as we join this team along the trail.

We met up with our sled dog friends from Sno-Magic Siberians and Snow Runner Siberians making for about 20+ friends at the trailhead. During the outing, I counted 6 different "8 dog teams" from Good Times Adventures on the trails with us. So, Max & Zorro plus 20+ friends plus 48 buddies from Good Times and we had over 70 happy sled dogs running the trails together today! What a party!

We were first to arrive at the trailhead and, since it is much faster to hookup 2 dogs to skijor than an entire sled, Max, Zorro & I took a quick run out & back on the Middle Fork Trail. Nothing like a nice warmup sprint before starting the real running ;-)
Zoom we go racing along the Middle Fork Trail for our warmup lap.

Today's video highlight comes from a fun sequence playing chase with one of the teams from Good Times. We saw the team on the trail and then gave them a head start before flying along the trail after them. Watch closely at the end of the video as we come around a corner and find bodies spread across the trail (the Good Times team dumped the musher and passenger off the sled). Don't worry, the dog sled team is stopped ahead of the dumped bodies; it was just shocking at first to encounter the bodies before the sled!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Finished with our warmup lap and back at the trailhead waiting for our friends to get hooked up and hit the trail again with us!
"Hi guys!!! Come join the fun!" suggest happy Max & Zorro.

Pausing on a side trail to watch one of the Good Times teams come up the main trail:
"Hi! Can I join?!?" asks Zorro.
"Na, let's go forward on our own." suggests focused Max.

A fun day had by all:
"Yep - fun had by all!" say the happy pair at one of our turnaround points of the day.

Tons of fun running the trail with 70+ sled dogs: 12.3 miles with 1150 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 60 days on the trails covering 509.1 miles with 54,300 feet of elevation climbed.

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