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Outdoors: Gone to the Dogs: Get an Insider’s View of Sled Dog Racing in the Lower 48

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Work dogs in pickup truck beds are an everyday sight in downtown Joseph, a ranching community in northeastern Oregon. But on January 13th, Main Street gets overrun with a whole different breed. That’s when over 100 sled dogs come to town for opening day of the Eagle Cap Extreme.

No trot in the woods, the Eagle Cap Extreme sled dog race is a qualifier for the Iditarod and runs though the largest wilderness in Oregon. Each dog team and its musher competes in high alpine terrain on a 100-mile (8 dogs) or 200-mile (12 dogs) course. Either way, the distances are vast, the slopes are steep and the challenge is beyond extreme.

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