Preparations for Eurasia longest sled dog race begin in Kamchatka

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Preparations have begun on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula for the longest in Eurasia sled dog race Beringia, the executive director of the organizing committee told Itar-Tass on Friday.

The organizing committee of Beringia-2008 has appealed to the regional legislative assembly to contribute in organizing the race and allocate one million roubles.

The Beringia race is held yearly starting from 1990. Its route goes across sparsely populated areas of the peninsula – from the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk in the west to the Bering Sea in the east. Sleds have to get over a mountain ridge at the height of about 1,200 meters over the sea level.

The length of the Beringia-91 race (1,980 kilometers) was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest distances traveled with sled dog teams. The Beringia-92 race was longer – 2,044 kilometers, but the new record was not fixed.

The organizers of the race seek to not only popularize that kind of sports, but also to preserve centuries-long traditions of indigenous peoples of Kamchatka, who have been using sled dogs since olden days.

The race consists of 15 stages and goes through 12 remote settlements. Every year it becomes a major event in the cultural and sports life of the peninsula. This time, the race will be 950 kilometers long. The start is scheduled for March 15.

Source: Itar-Tass


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