Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Dog Skijoring Race Slated for Jan. 30th

On January 30th Glacier Outdoor Center will host the 2nd Annual Dog Skijoring Ski race in West Glacier to benefit the Humane Society of Northwest Montana. The Dog Skijoring race will take place at 12:00pm on the professionally-groomed ski track behind Glacier Outdoor Center located on Highway 2 just outside Glacier Park’s west entrance.

Dog skijoring is a unique sport featuring a dog wearing a specially-designed harness to lead a Nordic skier at maximized speed. The skier also wears a harness equipped with a quick release line.  There are two race categories; Dog-Drag and Dog- Cross.  Dog-Drag is short-track sprint with five teams released per heat.  Dog-Cross is 3-kilometer preset course individually run by the racers. Instructors will be on hand, and while no experience is necessary to compete, participants must bring their own eager, run-ready dog.

The Whitefish Animal Hospital and the Humane Society of Northwest Montana will be at the Race Pavilion during the event with volunteers and friendly dogs to greet spectators. The Whitefish Animal Hospital will also have an “Ask a Vet” booth to answer questions about pets.

Racers who pre-register and pay the $25 team fee will have access to dog skijoring harnesses and trail use on January 30th, as well as every day leading up to race day so they can practice.  The fee does not cover rental skis, boots or poles.   Participants can register at Glacier Outdoor Center (406) 888-5454 and the Whitefish Animal Hospital (406) 862-3178. Forty-percent of the registration fee goes directly to the Humane Society of Northwest Montana.

A minimum donation of $5 will enter spectators to win raffle prizes donated by Glacier Outdoor Center and these sponsors: Whitefish Animal Hospital, WAG (Whitefish Animal Group), Montana Coffee Traders, Tailwaggers and the Humane Society of Northwest Montana.  The Cuisine Machine will be an on-site vendor with hot food for purchase.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there, so bring your hounds and come ski with us!

One Response to “Dog Skijoring Race Slated for Jan. 30th”

  1. Steven Shry says:

    Children grow up so fast!

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