(MTN News-HELENA) Sled dogs and their mushers crossed the finish line on Monday as this year’s race to the sky comes to an end. These dogs are truly the most elite athletes in the world and in this week’s weather wise Chief Meteorologist Curtis Grevenitz brings us to the race where weather conditions were certainly “not” for the dogs.
“Well, you do not know too many people that ran 300 miles over the weekend, do you? For the second straight year, the warmth was an adversary. We love the cold, colder the better probably down to -20. After that, it is more difficult for the musher than the dog,” said Great Falls Musher Brett Bruggeman.
But the warmth is more taxing on the dogs. Last year, numerous dogs needed IV treatment because of dehydration as warmer conditions lead to harder packed snow, making it difficult for dogs to “dip” snow on the trail, which is their way of drinking on the run.
Also, race strategy change as mushers will run their dogs slower, or at night to stay cooler. But one thing that does not change no matter the weather is the relationship between man and dogs.
“They truly love their dogs, there is a deep bond and they would never do anything to allow these dogs to get hurt,” commented Race to the Sky Veterinarian Dr. Kathy Topham.
Reporter: Curtis Grevenitz