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Canmore Classic Sled Dog Races

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We're comin' home!

After some hit and miss years for the Canmore Classic, including the cancellation of the 2006 races, 2007 saw the return of the Canmore Classic to the sled dog racing circuit. On February 3 & 4 mushers from all over North America revived the races in spectacular fashion.

Held at the Canmore Nordic Centre, which was designed and developed for the Nordic skiing events for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, the Canmore Nordic Centre offers over 70 kilometres of world-class cross-country and biathlon trail systems at an average elevation of 1425 metres, and with advanced snowmaking, made it the perfect venue for running the Canmore Classic.

4 dog Siberian purebred team leaving the chutes
4 dog Siberian purebred team leaving the chutes

The 2007 event was well attended by spectators who took advantage of the mild weather and blue skies to come and watch a truly spectacular weekend of racing. Set against a mountain backdrop, the starting chutes offer spectators the chance to stand up close to the barking, howling and eager dogs pulling against their harnesses in an effort to get racing while being held at the starting line.

Mushers came from 9 different locations across Alberta, also British Columbia, North West Territories, PEI, Saskatchewan, Idaho and Montana, for the 2007 races. Each team, released at 1 minute intervals, fired out of the chutes with clouds of steamy breath, snow spray, and the enthusiastic encouragement of the crowd.

For dog lovers the Canmore Classic sled dog races are an ideal opportunity for some great photos of working dogs having some fun. A tour of the barking lot also gives spectators the chance to see the dogs unharnessed and eager for attention.

open class waiting to leave the chutes Huskies asking - we done then?

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More photos of Canmore Classic Sled Dog Races 2007

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