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The ADVANCE Sled Dog Challenge

14 - 15 August, Dinner Plain

Located high up in the Victorian snowfields surrounded by the picturesque Alpine village of Dinner Plain, arrival of the seasons first snow is signal to the Altitude 5000 Sled Dog Group organisers of the spectacular ADVANCE SLED DOG CHALLENGE to step up preparation for this unique snow race weekend in August.

Celebrating 17 years of successful sled dog racing at Dinner Plain the 2010 race is held across the weekend of the 14th & 15th August. This year will see the usual 2, 3, 4 and 6 dog teams supplemented by an exhilarating new 8 dog team .This annual event showcases the top dogs of sled dog racing in Australia and is unique in being the first Australian snow-based race of its kind. More than 75 Mushers (dog team drivers) and in excess of 350 sled dogs are expected to compete in this year's event. The race is held over two days with times recorded on both days.  The teams who successfully complete the course both days in the combined fastest time are the winners.

Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes are the most common breeds of dogs raced. They are strong competitors as snow is part of their natural habitat. The Siberian Huskies are quick on their feet, whereas the Alaskan Malamutes are known for their endurance over long distances. In recent years, more unusual breeds have also competed including Labradors, Hounds and Shepamutes (a cross between German Shepherds and Malamutes).

Spectators attending the weekend are in for a unique experience. It will be possible to meander through the Sled Dog Park (race pits) where all dog teams are housed and see sleds and Mushers tending their dogs, checking their equipment and the die hards rechecking their equipment.

Other activities include freight sled pulling demonstrations, snow ball throwing and a snowman building competition for the kids. BBQ, souvenir stands, pumped competitors, presentation and celebration. All of this makes for a unique, colourful and exciting winter carnival.

 Race start times:

 Saturday 9.00am to 1.00pm - followed by lunch

 Sunday 9.00am to 12.30pm - followed by awards

Further information:   
Robert Stevens - 0412 327 997
Sue Simmons - 0412 161 801

Dinner Plain is the only Australian Alpine Resort where sled dogs are allowed to race and then it is only for this weekend under strict permit conditions. Spectators are most welcome, but it is stressed that dogs not competing be left at home.