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Who let the dogs out?

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On Jan. 26 and 27 mushers from around Colorado and even Arizona took to the Grand Mesa in a weekend of dog racing fun for the Grand Mesa Summit Challenge.

New and experienced racers participated in sprint-style events of sledding, skijoring and snowshoeing.

World champion John Perry from Sterling even made an appearance, though he is "retired" at age 73. Too many concussions put Perry out of actually racing but he's happy to train his dogs to race with a good friend.

"The most important thing to me in racing is that the dogs love what they're doing," he said.

The race also welcomed new racers like Brad Kassing from Arizona. He showed remarkable promise, placing second on Saturday in the four-dog-sled, four-mile at around 18 minutes -- despite only having three canines and this being his second race.

More information on sled dog racing and the Rocky Mountain Sled Dog Club which hosted the GMSC can be found on rmsdc.org.

Photo by Emy Lynn Roque Cisneros Janet Saxon brought six dogs from Golden for the Grand Mesa Summit Challenge.
Photo by Emy Lynn Roque Cisneros Aaron Natoniewski brought six dogs from Carbondale for the Grand Mesa Summit Challenge.
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