Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

November 29, 2021

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New meaning to “ruffing” it

The incredible Yukon Quest takes place annually in February when the weather is at its coldest and most unpredictable. Perfectly reasonable timing if the quest in question involved, say, reuniting a drawer-full of wooly socks with their better halves. But a 1000-mile (1600-kilometre) international dogsled race? That lasts from 10 to 16 days? From Whitehorse in the Yukon to Fairbanks in Alaska? That’s the exact opposite of reasonable, but that’s precisely what up to 50 teams consisting of one (human) musher and 14 (canine) athletes will do beginning February 2 for the race’s 30th edition. The trail follows the Gold Rush and mail-delivery dogsled routes of the late 1800s, today some of the last pristine wilderness in North America. It’s a nod to the tradition of northern travel by dogsled and a tribute to the ancient bond between humans and canines. Quest dogs are elite, marathon athletes and they’re checked by vets at nine checkpoints to ensure each is fit to continue. To find out where to watch: [CC]

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