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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, March 10, 2010 1B REGIONAL Dog sled races a howling good time ......... Talon Stradley (#18) shares an affectionate moment with her dog after placing second in the Junior three-dog sprint. An abundance of beautiful dogs and lots of kids made the event enjoyable for the whole family. Photo by Debra Baer A number of visitors to the sled dog races joined in the winter fun and brought both skis and snowshoes to the event, like this woman. With or without a dog to pull them along, visitors were invited to take advantage of the groomed trail, and demonstrations on teaching your dog to pull were designed to encourage people and dog teamwork. Photo by Diana Jorgenson Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor djorgenson@plumasnews.com Musher Jane Devlin of Bend, Ore., explained that this dog's problem was that all his buddies had gone off to race without him. Sled dogs love to run and this one was particularly vocal about being left behind. Photo by Diana Jorgenson Mother Nature tried to rain on the parade of dog sleds rac- ing alongside Lake Davis the last weekend of February, but by Sunday had given up and smiled down upon the pro- ceedings. Only the 100-mile long-dis- tance race was cancelled -- due tO iristlfficient eiltrants. No one was daunted by the intermittent rain on Saturday, and a steady stream of folks watched the races and partici- pated in the demonstrations and fun offered by the event. Many had brought snowshoes or skis to join the mushers on the Waft. Kathy Miyoshi (bib #12) won the six-dog mid-distance race, with Louisy Thomsen (#1) coming in second. The six-dog sprint attracted the greatest number of racers with Christian Johnson (#4) taking first and Alex Dreussi (#2) placing second. The four-dog sprint produced winners Robert Stradley (#16), first place, and KyRa Bauer (#8) in second. Only one sled completed the three- or four-dog sprint with freight, that of Doug Kim Thomsen (#10) leads the way in the six-dog sprint, fol- lowed by Tyrell Wood (#6). The open meadows alongside Lake Davis gave ample room for all comers during a picture-perfect day Sunday, Feb. 28. Photo by Debra Baer Mark Julius (#15) races across a Lake Davis meadow against a mountain backdrop during the six-dog sprint. After a beautiful day amid gorgeous scenery, all the mushers and their dogs felt like winners. Photo by Debra Baer It doesn't matter to either the dogs or the drivers that Robert Stradley (#16) and Doug Wurzelbacher (#3) are competing in different races. The neck-and-neck race to the finish line delights them all. The toddlers in Wurzelbacher's sled "pocket" have fallen asleep. Each of the mushers shown in this Saturday photo went on to win first place in his respective race. Photo by Diana Jorgenson Wurzelbacher (#3) with his "freight" consisting of his twin daughters. Robert Stradley (#16) again placed first in the three-dog sprint, with Zach Bauer (#2) taking second. Jody Plaickner (#13) came in first in the junior three-dog sprint, with Talon Stradley (#18) placing second. Full race results with times for each of the two days and cumulative totals are listed on the website californiagoldmush.com. I Kathy Miyoshi (#12) of Reno, Nev., came in first in the six-dog mid-distance race. Louisy Thomsen (#1), who showed braking methods for dog sled teams in one of the public demonstrations avail- able, came in second in this race. If it looks like Miyoshi's dogs are smiling, it's likely that they are. The dogs love to run. Photo by Debra Baer These two little tykes became the "freight" in Doug Wurzelbacher's sled during the three- to four- dog with freight competition. Dog sledding is very soothing for passengers and tiese two were no exception. Wurzelbacher's twin daughters Jessica and Josephine, who just turned two, slept through most of it. Wurzelbacher (#3) of Chilcoot placed first in the race. Photo by Diana Jorgenson