Anyone who has ever owned a larger dog has fantasized at one point or another about speeding along behind it on a dog sled, yelling, “Mush! Mush!” The word ‘Iditarod’ flashes through your mind as you imagine your dog at the head of the pack, striving forward against the weight of the sled and against the elements, until you sled victoriously past the finish line to the cheers of thousands.
Hey, why not try it? Or at least watch others, who may have the requisite dog team and knowledge to sled with them, at the Musher’s Bowl, at Five Fields Farm (Route 107, 6 miles south of Bridgton), on Saturday and Sunday the 4th and 5th, starting at 10:00 a.m. (Registration and bib pick-up begins at 9:00 a.m.)
But it’s not just dog sledding that will be taking place along the sloped apple fields and S-curved cross-country ski trails around the farm. Are you ready for this? There will also be a sport called skijoring, which is a combination of Nordic skiing and dog sledding, involving a regular dog-sledding harness for your dog, attached by a towline to a special skijoring (literally translated as ‘ski driving’ in Norwegian) harness for you.
Here is the schedule of events:
10:00 1 dog skijor
10:454 dog speed
11:30 3 dog junior
12:00 lunch break
1:00 6 dog speed
2:00 2 dog skijor
2:45 recreational skijor and sled
So if your dog jogs with you, or runs beside you on cross-country skiing jaunts, join the fun and live out your fantasy of conquering the tundra with your powerful canine.