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14th annual Mush for Kids

3/25/11 | Ken Severin | kpseverin@alaska.edu

Date: Saturday, April 2
Time: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. (dog sled rides)
Location: Pioneer Park

The Alaska Children's Trust is once again hosting Mush for Kids. This free community event is fun, and raises awareness and LOTS of funds to help prevent child abuse and neglect in Alaska.

We are once again asking area mushers to volunteer their dogs and their equipment to give rides to the THOUSANDS of kids that show up each year. I'm hoping everyone will want to sign up again, so please send me an email when you have a chance.

Pioneer Park has put in a slightly different trail from previous years and I think it's the best layout so far. The pond problem is solved from previous years. We'll be able to have multiple teams running continuously throughout the event.

It would be easier for the coordinators (and maybe your dogs?) if you signed up for a specific shift, as very few dogs can take three hours straight of going in circles and loading and unloading. A picket line will be set up for changing out dogs on the fly. Water will be available for the dogs and lunch provided for the volunteers.

MUSH for Kids would like to have three mushers set up their dog trucks, sled equipment and some very friendly dogs on drop chains in the main inside parking lot for humans to socialize with. As with rides, bringing several dogs to rotate out when they get tired would be a good idea.

If you'd like to volunteer to help give rides, help in the doglot as a handler or let people socialize with your dogs in the main parking lot, please contact Melody Sayles at masayles@alaska.edu  or Ken Severin at kpseverin@alaska.edu


 

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