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Sled Dog Classic 2016

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July 26,2016 In Snow
Sled Dog Teams are set to descend onto Falls Creek once more - Pic Chris Hocking

The 6TH Annual 2016 Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic is ON!!!!

Mushers from all over Australia are set to converge on Falls Creek to compete at the 6th Annual Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic.  On Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August, Falls Creek will host the premier alpine sled dog race in Australia – the only sled dog race through an Alpine Village.  After an exhibition event in 2010, the race is now in its 6th year and is a must see Falls Creek Resort experience.  Many spectators now come to Falls Creek specifically on the first Saturday in August to have the opportunity to get up close and meet the dogs and mushers.  The adrenaline and anxiety is real as spectators can get within metres of the teams about to race.  The dogs are screaming with excitement, they just want to run and win.

The Falls Creek Village streets will come alive on Saturday night as 20 sled dog teams start the race from the Slalom Plaza and run a 5km course, climbing their way up to and along the aqueduct trail and then fly past the Village Bowl and wind their way back to Slalom Plaza through the village streets.  We have thousands of spectators lining the streets in a party atmosphere cheering these amazing dogs and their mushers home.  The event is a National Open race, accredited by the Australian Sled Dog Sports Association race and in 2016 will see elite teams of Alaskan Huskies, Siberian Huskies, Eurohounds and Alaskan Malamutes compete for prizemoney and the coveted first place titles in 6 dog, 4 dog, 3 dog and 2 dog classes.

We have teams travelling from Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and an international Junior entry from New Zealand.  This year we have a number of young elite mushers aged 14, 15, 17 and 18 from New Zealand and Australia competing as part of the open 2 dog, 3 dog and 4 dog classes.  These junior’s show an amazing attitude beyond their years and are committed to their dogs and the sport.

In 2016, for the first time, we are holding a Sled Dog Exhibition at Slalom Plaza on Saturday 6th August 11am – 1pm.  The general public can meet the mushers and get a photo with sled dogs which will raise funds for Arctic Rescue Victoria to support the rehoming of unwanted huskies and malamutes.

Racing starts on Friday 31st July at 6pm from Windy Corner Car Park and on Saturday 1st August at 6pm from Slalom Plaza.

For more information, please contact Vaughan Winther, FCSDC President – e: [email protected] or 0439 651852. W: www.fallssleddog.org.au