A Rare Sight

Author: Erlend Strand Rokseth (transl Tove Tronslien)     Photo: Erlend Strand Rokseth     Publish date: 03.02.13 01:42

It is not often that you can see a musher taking extra time at a checkpoint. A musher sitting down to enjoy a meal is plainly rare. Who is this 202 that is taking it so easy?

Non-Stop

The man with bib number 202 is Odd Lund and he is taking it easy because he want’s to, and because he can.

"I've got time; Greenland dogs does not need that much care. I don’t use boots, I don't apply wax, I don't have to think about covering up the dogs," he explains and takes another sip of the soup from the thermos. He has gone the 90 kilometers from Røros to Tufsingdalen non-stop.

A Perfect Journey

He is one of two teams in this year's F400 that is racing with only Greenland dogs in the team. "This breed is perfect for those who likes to be taking a leisurely journey and don't need to be first across the finish line," he says. He is doing this because of the journey and the social aspects of the community.

Need to Maturing

“But, after all it is a competition,” he adds. Odd had originally planned to start in the F600, but decided to let some of the younger dogs mature a bit more. It's not only the physical strength that matters as such the Greenland dogs are doing well.

Heavy Weights

"This one over here, he is 42 kilo," he goes on. Greenland dogs are built to tolerate a lot, including low temperatures. In dog sledding this may be challenging. "It started out slow from Røros, but as the weather changed for the worse, the dogs picked up the pace," Odd Lund said.