A record number of mushers will take part in “Beringia-2017”

09.02.2017 10:40:43

A record number of mushers will take part in “Beringia-2017”
A record number of mushers (drivers of dogsleds) sent off applications for participation in sled dog race “Beringia-2017”. Nineteen participants have already reaffirmed their commitment, seventeen of them are from Kamchatka and two others are from Chukchi Autonomous Okrug.

It is a new record of Kamchatka race. Previously the most massive races were in 2009 and 2010. At that time, there were seventeen dog sleds.

This year two Chukchi mushers will take part in “Beringia” race – Michael Tulpin and Gennady Tomilov.  Both of them are multiple winners of Chukchi race “Nadezda”. Michael Tulpin is the only musher in the world, who has passed all the longest sled dog races on the planet. There are Russian race “Beringia” and “Nadezda”, American “Iditarod” and American-Canadian “Yukon Quest” on his record.

Opening ceremony of “Beringia-2017” will be held on 25th February in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The main start is planned on 5th March. This year mushers will start in the village Esse located in the center of the peninsula. Race participants will have to reach the distance of 1500 km. They will finish in the village Ust-Kamchatsk on the coast of Pacific Ocean tentatively on 28th March.

Translated be Marina Barannik.