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Canicross, or dryland mushing, at Notchview

  • Quinton Romer, a racer on the Hilltown Sleddogs’ junior racing team, running canicross. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


Staff Report
Thursday, October 11, 2018

WINDSOR — Dryland mushing is coming to Notchview’s cross-country skiing trails this Sunday, with the Hilltown Sleddogs’ canicross race.

Canicross is an event in the relatively new sport of dryland mushing, which adapts dogsled racing to snowless conditions. In canicross, the racer attaches his dogs’ leash to a belt around his waste and runs with the dogs. In other disciplines, the dogs may be leashed to a bike or scooter.

The race on Sunday is open to anyone, regardless of dryland mushing experience, or lack thereof. All dogs, not just sled dogs, can be entered to race, but race organizers request that only well-socialized dogs be entered.

Registration begins at 11 a.m., and is followed at 11:30 with a demonstration for beginners. The race begins at 12:30 p.m., and will be held in multiple sections, with the best racers starting first and the beginners starting last. At 1 p.m. there is a 3K fun run and walk.

The entry fee for the race is $20, $10 for the 3K, and free for spectators.

Belts, leashes and harnesses will be available for sale at the event.

There will also be grilled food for sale and live music by the Sawmill Boys.