Thursday, February 9, 2006

Humans Take Back the Sport of Dogsledding

LOWELL, Mass. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A national dogsled competition starts tomorrow (Feb. 10) in Lowell, Massachusetts, but no one can accuse participants of dogging the contest.

That’s because it’s the Sixth Annual National Human Dogsled Championship, and more than 60 teams will be competing in the 60-yard race, many in costumes.

One of the substitute Schnauzers barking at the event is Sheriff Rick Maloney, who says no dogs are allowed in the dogsled dash because, he points out, “It’s a human race.”

It can be a real dog fight. Maloney says competitors wear Hazmat suits, dress up as Oompa-Loompas or even cavemen.

All teams consist of a rider, a “musher” who rides in back, and four “pullers.”

Maloney howls about some fierce competition, but doesn’t bone up too hard for the event. As he puts it, “If anybody trains, you’re putting a lot more into it than is needed.”

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