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2-6-11 Renae and Gus Skijoring Loppet 2011

on February 6, 2011

The big day has arrived- Chuck and Don’s Skijoring race in Minneapolis! As a part of the City of Lakes Loppet series of events, this one captures quite a crowd. As you can see, Gus (Renae’s reliable Labrador skijor partner) and Renae are getting ready for the start of the race. Dog handlers Jordan and Todd are supporting Gus in all of the excitement.

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Todd is talking to Gus and petting him calmly amid loud barking coming from all directions. Renae is beginning to feel a chill. They need to get moving to warm up!

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Time to go!

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Here’s a closeup of their start. They were fast out of the gate- ready to hit the trail.

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Gus is still pulling strong after having gone almost 4K. I can hear Renae talking with Gus- “Come on, Gus!” Renae told me after the race that Gus seemed to know where to go. He was attentive to the trail.

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Here they make their way to another bridge- passing another skijor team on their left!

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One last turn, and they are nearing the finish line, much faster than last year.

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Though I could not keep up, I found them at the finish area, dog handlers (Cousins Gretchen and Jordan) greeting this dynamic duo.

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Who else is at the finish line? Who is standing so quietly by Auntie Anne?

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Well, if it isn’t Pupper Wupper herself. Is she here in support of Renae and Gus? Or does she have something else on mind? Hmmm, I wonder what Todd is holding in his hand.

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Here is the skijor pair- back at the car. Gus and Renae share a moment of endearment after finishing the race.

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One Response to “2-6-11 Renae and Gus Skijoring Loppet 2011”

  1. becky says:

    Loved reading about Renae and Gus and their ski adventures! Lucky you have found something fun to do in all the snow.

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