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.


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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