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21st Annual Apostle Island Sled Dog Race – Bayfield, WI | #AISDR

Hearts race and pulses quicken as the teams head into the starting chute, the breath of the anxious dogs filling the air with steamy blasts. Then, as the sun rises over the frozen heaves of Lake Superior, the signal is given and they’re off in a blurred fury of brilliant colors and snow, charging ahead into the raw wilderness to the encouraging calls of their mushers.
Bayfield Chamber of Commerce

Last weekend marked our third year in attendance of the Apostle Island Sled Dog Race.  The mild weather paved the way for quite a turn out of spectators.  We arrive a little past the start time and were directed to park along highway 13 instead of the inside the gavel pit trailhead.  We missed the 10 & 6 dog races, but did get down the trail a bit in time to catch the remaining Sportsmens’, Family/Rec, and Youth races.

The sights and sounds never disappoint.   The excited chatter of dogs along with the cheer of the spectators could no doubt be heard quite a ways off.  My absolute favorite, though, is the piercing look in the dogs eyes as they do what they love.

Here are a few shots from the 2016 Apostle Island Sled Dog Race event.

Race Photo

Pre/Post Race Photos

 

20th Annual Apostle Island Sled Dog Race | #AISDR

Hearts race and pulses quicken as the teams head into the starting chute, the breath of the anxious dogs filling the air with steamy blasts. Then, as the sun rises over the frozen heaves of Lake Superior, the signal is given and they’re off in a blurred fury of brilliant colors and snow, charging ahead into the raw wilderness to the encouraging calls of their mushers. Which team has what it takes to brave the icy challenges that lay ahead? Who will be crowned this year’s champion? 

Source:  bayfield.org

Another first this last weekend – sled dog racing.  Cyndie and I joined our friends in Bayfield, WI for the 20th Annual Apostle Island Sled Dog Race.  I must profess that the whole scene is pretty exhilarating.  There was a palpable excitement in every sled dog preparing for the race.  Some sat quietly waiting, but only for a moment before their passion-filled song and dance moved them once again.  They are a vocal and energetic lot.  They returned to the finish line a bit more subdued.  

Watching the teams race out of the chute was fun.  Photographing them was challenging as they raced toward you through the crowd that had gathered.  Each musher had their own phrase to encourage their dogs on.

There were two main races: a 10-dog, 80-mile race and a 6 dog, 60-mile race. There’s also a 40-mile Sportsmen’s Race, a 6 to 8-mile Family Race and a 6 to 8-mile Youth Race (16 and under).  Half the distance was completed each day.  You can see the course of each race on the map.

You can see it in every dog… the drive and determination radiating from their eyes.

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