Bend residents invited to sled dog races

January 7, 2014 by  

For the love of snow, dogs and racing, Bend residents can gear up to take that one hour and twelve minute trip to Chemult for the 20th Annual Chemult Sled Dog Races in a couple of weeks’ time.

The racing trails run through Fremont-Winema National Forest. This year marks the 53rd year for this sled dog racing event, which has become more than just an Oregon tradition—it’s evolved into a world class event.

Participation in the races open to everyone, and sees men and women compete with ages ranging from teens to those in their golden years. Race divisions race from a 4.4 mile trek for novices, right up to a two-day slog than sees eight-dog teams clock up close to 10 miles on each day. Each race is a two-day event with times for each day added to get the final winning time. Last year’s temperatures ranged from 10 to 35 degrees and the trail was hard and fast.

For those who wish to watch, it is important to remember to dress warmly, supervise children, and leave pets at home. Some may want to bring a camera for great shots of the children as they compete in the one-dog kids’ races, which they could perhaps use for postcard printing to send to relatives.

It all takes place over the weekend of January 18 and 19 at Walt Haring Sno-Park, on Miller Lake Road, north ½ mile from Chemult and west ½ mile from US. 97.