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In Pictures: the International Dog Sled Race in Todtmoos, Germany

A photographer has shared a collection of stunning images documenting the energy and excitement from this year’s International Dog Sled Race in Todtmoos, Germany last weekend.

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Dogs pull a competitor’s sled during the 2017 International Dog Sled Races. Image by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
International Dog Sled Race Todtmoos
A beautiful husky with two different coloured eyes pictured at the race. Image by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

The pictures were taken by Thomas Lohnes, and they show dogs and mushers competing in the quick-paced sled race through the snow in the beautiful Black Forest of Todtmoos in the south-west district of Germany. The event is a much loved tradition, having taken place annually for over 30 years. This year saw over 100 mushers and approximately 800 dogs taking part in the two day event, with large crowds gathering to watch the races. Mushers competed in sleds pulled by teams of four, six or eight dogs through the snowy trails in different categories throughout the day. The event also featured an open class category, where an unlimited number of dogs could be fastened to a sled.

Huskies get into the spirit of things during the 2017 dog sled race.
Huskies get into the spirit of things during the 2017 dog sled race.
International Dog Sled Race Todtmoos
Two dogs play in the snow during the event. Image by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
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The event saw over 100 mushers and around 800 dogs participating. Image by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

The International Dog Sled Race also featured a number of activities for attending visitors to take part in, including a torch hike through the race trail, hot drinks and snacks, musical performances as well as a presentation on the sport of husky racing. In recent times, a special musher course has been introduced, allowing those interested to learn more about the techniques and practice of sled racing.

Musher Iris Mauderer hugs Nero after the first day of the races.
Musher Iris Mauderer hugs Nero after the first day of the races. Image by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
A line of dogs pull a sled through the snow of the Black Forest.
A line of dogs pull a sled through the snow of the Black Forest. Image by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

The history of the dog sledding championship dates back to 1973, when a group of 16 mushers took part in a race in front of a small crowd in Bad Sooden-Allendorf. The following years saw the event growing in size, and the race was moved to Todtmoos in 1975 and updated to include international competitors, with 25 teams from Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands taking part. Today sees the German championship welcoming competitors from countries all over the world, with the event still proving popular with visitors and enthusiasts. More information on future events is available at the Todtmoos website.

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