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IFSS takes Cover in Sports Events Magazine

Written by IFSS Admin Sunday, 17 February 2013 18:28

Innovate, invigorate, rejuvenate: These are the words used when Sports Events Magazine published an article on the IFSS in their January issue of their monthly publication.. Describing how the IFSS has opted to take participants ???out of their element??? in introducing new ways to participate in Sleddog Sports, the article includes quotes from IFSS Executive Director Bernard Pepin, and imput from Kelly Mann, President/CEO of the BC Games, and Don Ruedlinger, President of Youth Basketball in America.. The article discusses the IFSS??? ability to adapt to the demands of athletes and the needs of spectators in order to keep the sport interesting..

Written by IFSS Team Wednesday, 13 May 2009 00:00
Buenos Aires, Argentina ??? Antonio Ocanto, president of the Argentina Club Amigos de los Perros de Trineo, is pleased to announce that the 2009 Intercontinental Championships of South America will be held for eight days from August 28th through September 4th, jointly hosted by the Mushing Club Mendoza and the Association Unidos para la Protecci??n Animal General Alvear (AUPPAGA ??? the United Association for the Protection of Animals - General Alvear). Given the vast differences in elevations and weather conditions in Argentina, both dryland and snow events are able to run within the same time frame and minimal distances apart.

First to occur will be the Dryland events, which will be held in Argentina???s central province of Mendoza in the city of General Alvear. Mendoza is a vast territory dominated by arid pampas plains, and General Alvear sits east of the Andean foothills at an elevation of 600 meters. This southern area of Mendoza???s province is blessed with an oasis, thanks to the Diamante and Atuel Rivers. With a temperate climate, it is known for its wine and cattle, boasting some of the best wines and barbequed ribs anywhere.

The Dryland events will take place on a fruit and vineyard plantation, the property of important wine cellars in Argentina. Opening ceremonies will occur on Friday evening, August 28th with dryland events occupying the next four days from August 29th through the the 30th.

From General Alvear west to Mendoza???s city of Malarg??e, the site of the opening of the snow ceremonies on Monday evening, August 31st, it is a distance of 355 kilometers. Malarg??e is a place of mountains, 1460 meters above sea level. From Malarg??e competitors transfer to Las Le??as, a distance of 77 kilometers along a mountain path to begin the competition in the sprint 4-dog and skijoring classes on Tuesday, September 1st. Las Le??as is at 2000 meters??? elevation and is a renowned winter sports center in South America. These three-day snow competitions will be held at various sites at the Las Le??as sports complex.

Competitions end on Thursday, September 3rd, with the awards presentations and a dinner banquet. Special awards will be given for fair play, animal care, and handler, with the title of Sudamerican Champion going to the winners in each class. On Friday, September 4th, everyone returns to General Alvear for the closing ceremony capped with lunch and farewells.

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