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Mt Baw Baw News / 2015/07/08

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Bow wow at Baw Baw as inaugural Dog Sled Dash launched

Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort will welcome over 100 sled dogs of various breeds on the 25th- 26th July for the inaugural Mount Baw Baw Dog Sled Dash.  The closest snow race to Melbourne, the Mount Baw Baw Dog Sled Dash is one of only three winter dog sled races in Australia and the first race of the 2015 winter season. 

Travelling from around Australia and New Zealand, it is expected more than 30 dog sled teams will race the trails of Mount Baw Baw’s bowl and back-country over two days.

From one-dog sleds sprinting across two kilometres to 10 kilometre endurance races for six-dog sleds, there are a range of events for spectators to watch, including skijoring – where the team driver forgoes the sled for a pair of cross-country skis.

Dog Sled Dash organiser Jake Greaves is a competitive racer and owner of the popular ‘Howling Husky’ sled dog tour company.  Currently, 35 of Jake’s huskies, the original working breed, call Mount Baw Baw home. 

“We are really looking forward to bringing the first winter dog sled race event to Mount Baw Baw.  With the mountain’s steep and narrow trails, it is the most technically challenging race on the dog sledding calendar,” said Jake.

“Added to that, the courses will see the sleds racing through the village bowl, giving spectators and resting skiers and boarders a great taste of how exciting dog racing can be,” said Jake.

Resort Manager Alex Flint is looking forward to welcoming resort visitors, spectators and dog sled teams to the mountain. 

“At Mount Baw Baw we have a range of events on the calendar and activities throughout the season, and we are pleased to now host the Dog Sled Dash which is sure to provide some great views for spectators.  Whether you’re a dog lover, ski enthusiast or snowplay seeker, join us at Mount Baw Baw for the Dog Sled Dash – 100 dogs racing for the win will be quite a sight!” said Alex.

Visit www.dogsleddash.com for more information.

 

Event Info:

Saturday 25th July – Twilight event; races start from 3pm, commencing with the large classes.

Sunday 26th July – races start from 9am to 12 noon.

Race classes:

1 and 2 Dog Skijor:                      Approx. 2km

1 and 2 Dog Sportsmanship:         Approx. 2km

2 Dog Class:                                Approx. 2km

3 and 4 Dog Class:                       Approx. 6km

6 Dog Class:                                Approx. 10km

Spectators are prohibited from bringing dogs.  Only dogs entered in races will be issued a permit to be on the mountain.

 

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