Video: Musher's Life Part 3
We talk with the Musher's tonight.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:12:06 +0000Musher's Life Part 3We talk with the Musher's tonight.http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/6791532?cpt=8&wpid=2637WLUCwe'll have a >>> we have been looking at what it takes to team sled dog for racing. >> we talked with the mushers and how they got in the sport, what distance, they run and what they look forward to. david jackson shows us. >> reporter: sled dogging is expensive. the dogs take a lot of time to prepare for the races and you're at the mercy of the elements, the trail and the dogs themselves. what gets them to take up a sport where the source of power can howl at the moon all night? >> had a fun time with dogs so we got a few pups and started doing it as a wreck race. i had ra guy tell me, you should take a team and try out a short race and that got us hooked and then we raced. >>> dog sleds are short ones to mid distance the 90-mile midnight run and the marathons. they are used as qualifiers. >> everything that we run out of our kennel gets broke down. midnight run is two legs of 45- mile runs so we do a 45-mile run then a five hour lay overand then back to marquette to lower harborment >> some mushers make their way and find their niche but others want to race in the 1,000-mile iditarod. >> i read that book and afterwards i raised my hand and said i was going to do that someday so since i was six, i have been working toward the iditarod. >> the reason snow melt is a good thing. >> the thing with being so cold and wet now is warm and wet, there is a good bottom. it is good training for the dogs and builds muscle. wears them out a little faster. >> housing, raising and training pet toss be race dogs takes passion, time and a fair amount of nen ney. >> but when they are being hooked up, in the rush of the cheering crowds roaring in their ears, they remember the months of conditioning and sleepless nights of raising puppies and endless amounts of