Winterdance Dogsled Tours

Winterdance Dogsled Tours

February 12, 2010 12:44 ET

Ontario's Only Iditarod Team, Miss Canada & World Class Sprint Races, Together for One Amazing Day

The Haliburton Dogsled Derby is attracting all kinds of stars and athletes as Ontario's only entry in the Iditarod prepares for the race of their lifetime.

HALIBURTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 12, 2010) -

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The 9th Annual Haliburton Highlands Dogsled Derby will bring more than 70 of the best mushers from North America and their energetic dogsled teams to Haliburton, Ontario to compete for a $10,000 purse. Running February 13 & 14th, the competition will wind its way through the beautiful Haliburton Highlands at Pinestone Resort.

Sunday will be filled with excitement when the reigning Miss Canada 2010, Bridget Nicholson, arrives and RUSH HD television is onsite to document the intensity of the races. Hank Debruin from Winterdance Dogsled Tours, Ontario's only Iditarod musher, will also be on hand with his faithful dogs. Hank will talk about the race and the vigorous training he has undergone, including the countless hours in the wilderness with only his dogs for company.

The dogsled teams race at speeds of up to 30 kilometres per hour. This year's Haliburton Dogsled Derby includes 4-dog, 6-dog and 8-dog teams. Once again we are bringing back the ever-popular "Kid & Mutt Races", as well as a youth race and Skijoring (cross country skier pulled by dogs).

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Debruin and his team of 16 purebred Siberian Huskies will be leaving Haliburton next week bound for Alaska (along with his 2 young sons) for the world famous race, a quest he has been working towards for over 10 years. The Iditarod does not compare to any other competitive event in the world. It is a race over 1150 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. It runs through jagged mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast. The extraordinary race is from Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast. Each team of 16 dogs and their musher cover over 1150 miles in 10 to 17 days. It has been called the "Last Great Race on Earth" and it has won worldwide acclaim and interest.

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