Bow WOW! The 50th running of The Last Great Race is less than 2 weeks away. Drop bags are packed and sent, mushers are doing last minute preparations, and dogs . . . well . . . are dogs. They are well trained and can sense the excitement. My K9 friends are ready to run!
In training and during the race, mushers know the number 1 rule – NEVER let go of the sled. It doesn’t state this specifically in the Official Rules, but, as I mentioned above, the dogs are ready to run, and they will run whether there is a human or not. So what happens if the human falls off and the team keeps going? Rule #19 says, “A driverless team or loose dog may be stopped and secured by anyone. The driver may recover his/her team either on foot, with assistance from another musher or mechanized vehicle and continue the race.” Each year there seems to be a story about a musher letting go while the team keeps happily racing. Follow this year’s race to see if it happens again.
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