Dog sledge races have been conducted in the northern part of Russia for many centuries. Initially they were a kind of competitions between the dogs transporting a cargo or during national festivals. Many polar research workers of the 19th and 20th century called Russian dog-drivers the best racers in the world. The Russian racers had repeatedly won the official USA and Canadian races and made record time there.
But in the 1930-40th a rapid setback in dog-breeding took place. It led to its actual disappearance in the northern part of the country during next decades. In the meantime dog sledge races have got the status of tournament. As for Russia, dog sledge races began to be restored only in the end of 1980th. The races in Kamchatka and Chukotka came to be conducted later. These races are conducted in a national style: on traditional long and narrow wooden sledges.
For the first time the dog sledge race “Beringiya” took place in January, 1990 and since then it became traditional. Time of conducting:2nd Saturday in March. The length of “Beringiya-90” race track amounted 250 km. “Beringiya-91” (1980 km) and “Beringiya-92” (2044 km) entered Guinness Book of Records as the longest dog-trips in the world. And nowadays the races remain the longest dog sledge races in Eurasia. The length of the race is 950 km. Since 2010 “Beringiya” has got the status of official festival in Kamchatka krai. The dog-drivers fight for Kamchatka Krai governor’s Prize – Russian off-roader “Patriot”. The 2nd prize is snowmobile and the 3rd is outboard engine. Dog sledge race is a very good sport which gives its participants and fans lots of unforgettable emotions and impressions.
March 14, 2015
Held Annually the 2nd Saturday in March.