Dryland Dash kicks off dog racing season at Negaunee Township Park

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) — Mushers gathered at Negaunee Township Park for the final day of the sixth annual Dryland Dash Dog Race on Sunday.

Fifty-three riders competed on rig, scooter, bike and canicross with one, two, four and six dog teams over one and two mile courses. Total times are calculated from both days of the weekend with the total prize money awarded to winners of $2,500.

The mushers traveled all the way to Georgia to compete.

“It’s a way for dogs to exercise early in the season,” said Dryland Dash President Tim Trowbridge. “Try some new dogs and maybe exercise with some old dogs.”

Members of the NMU Mushing Club also participated in the race.

“It’s nice to see all of our training that we’ve done being put into practice and seeing how we can actually perform in a racing situation,” said NMU Mushing Club member Abby Vanmeurs.

Visit the Dryland Dash website to see the final race results.