Friday, March 04, 2005

A Head-first Sled into Home

As if anticipating bloggers throughout the internets posting pictures of their pups, this morning NPR ran a mukluk-warming story about Rachael Scdoris, a legally blind 20-year-old who will be a musher in this year's Iditarod, the grueling 1,100 mile trail sled dog race. You might think that's a disadvantage, but I have to assume it's a huge plus. After all, when a dog dies, you don't see it.

Meanwhile others gear up for what sounds like a much better time--the Urban Iditarod. Here teams of 4 people dressed as dogs pull a shopping cart sled as a musher runs behind over a 3-mile city course that requires frequent "watering" at bars along the way. Just two highlights from the FAQ that might stand for Funny Asked Questions:

Should I bring my real dogs?
That would be an extraordinarily bad idea.

Does the musher sit in the cart?
Think about this for a moment. You're sitting in a cart, going up and down hills with 4 dog-costumed maniacs running in front of you. If you want to ride in the cart, ride in the cart.

Any guesses where this madcap mayhem happens? San Francisco, of course.

1 Comments:

Blogger Linkmeister said...

For reference, Honolulu has had until recently a Bed Race for charity. This went on for about 20 years; I'm not sure why it hasn't been run recently. It featured four hunky pushers shoving a wheeled bed down Kalakaua Ave in the heart of Waikiki. Perched precariously on the bed was a maiden dressed in night attire, often squealing.

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