41. International sled dog racing at Lenk
Through the winter wonderland on four paws
The international sled dog race has become something of an institution at Lenk. Panting dogs, anxious handlers and an enthusiastic audience come together every February for this big event.
The international sled dog racing event is complemented by a «small village» in the finish area. This includes various stalls selling all kinds of accessories and useful bits and pieces for dog sport and recreation. Delicious snacks and meals are also available alongside a range of hot drinks.
Sled dogs are one of the oldest working dogs in the world. For winter entertainment, gold diggers from Alaska started using their dogs at a competitive level back in the 20th century.
The dogs' wild howling and barking before the race represents motivation, power and drive at their strongest. Sled dogs love running in the team, and the sled dog drivers, or «mushers», have a difficult job in holding them back at the start. The order is given, the brakes are off and the team speeds past the crowd of spectators into the white winter landscape.
9 and 10 February 2019
Adult CHF 5.– per day, children free
Dogs on a leash
Please keep your dogs on a leash when alongside the race track and in the start/finish zone. The dogs must be kept at least 3 metres away from the course.
Samaritans, a vet and public toilets are available on site.