There’s a whole world of dog-powered sports that goes far beyond mushing huskies in the Iditarod. Instead, imagine specially bred sprint dogs teamed with humans on foot, skis, bikes, sleds, carts and more. They can reach speeds close to 30 miles an hour.
Dog-powered sprint sports are gaining popularity around the world.
Kale Casey competes in skijoring with his Eurohounds Quinn and Pops at a race in Chugiak Park in Anchorage, Alaska, in February, 2013. The team later raced in all five nordic events at the 2013 IFSS Winter World Championships in North Pole, Alaska.
(Courtesy of Anchorage Skijor Club)
Swedish musher Lars Lindh wins a bronze medal for paraplegic Swedish musher Taina Teras' eight-dog sprint team at the 2015 IFSS Winter World Championships in Bernau, Germany.
Some 70 teams of runners and dogs compete in the elite women's class at the European Canicross Club's championship in Nové Město na Moravě in the Czech Republic in October, 2016.
Norwegian biathlon legend Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Norway competes with Tiril Eckhoff (left) and Lars Berger (right) in the one-dog skijor "Olympic Athlete" class at the 2016 Snorock event in Sjusjoen, Norway. Bjørndalen is the most-medaled Olympian in the history of the Winter Olympic Games, with 13 medals, and is also the most successful biathlete of all time at the Biathlon World Championships, having won 44 medals, double that of any other biathlete,
(Courtesy of Non-stop Dogwear USA)
IFSS Women's two time Canicross World Champion Tessa Philippaerts of Belgium (second from left) readies her Alaskan Husky Yukon for a "mass start" 5km race in Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic in October, 2016.
Dog Power Movie is a new documentary screening at the Denver Film Festival on Wednesday and again on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Colorado Matters host Nathan Heffel speaks with filmmaker and dog-powered competitor Kale Casey of Paonia.