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.
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.
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.
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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