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The Daily Beast - Sedivackuv Long Dog Sled Race - January 2012

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The Associated Press
DESTNE, Czech Republic — A dog sled race considered one of the toughest on the European continent is under way in the northeastern Czech Republic.
Almost 100 mushers from eight countries with some 500 dogs are competing in the Sedivackuv Long. They have to overcome 240 kilometers (149 miles) in deep snow and freezing condition in the Orlicke mountains located on the Polish border in four days. Competitors also have to spend one night sleeping in the snow.
The 16th edition of the race will be completed on Saturday. It is part of the European extreme dog sled race series.
Race organizer Pavel Kucera said Thursday: "It is one of the longest races and with it's difficulties it belongs to some of the toughest races in Europe apart from the Nordic countries where the conditions are little different."

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A musher competes with his dogs during the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race near the village of Destne v Orlickych horach, Czech Republic, on Jan. 26, 2012.


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Dogs rest during a break in a stage of the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race in Destne v Orlickych horach, January 26, 2012.


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A musher rides his dog sled during a stage in the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race in Destne v Orlickych horach, January 26, 2012.


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Dogs run alongside a house during a stage in the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race in Destne v Orlickych horach, January 26, 2012.


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Dogs run at the start of a stage in the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race in Destne v Orlickych horach, January 26, 2012.

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A musher rides his dog sled during a stage of the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race in Destne v Orlickych horach, January 26, 2012.


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A dog rests during a break in a stage of the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race in Destne v Orlickych horach, January 26, 2012.


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Dogs start  a stage of the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race near the village of Destne v Orlickych horach, Czech Republic, on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.


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A musher dressed in a dog costume gets a lick from his dog during a break in a stage of the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race in Destne v Orlickych horach, January 26, 2012.




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A musher feeds dogs during a break in a stage of the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race in Destne v Orlickych horach, January 26, 2012.

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Dogs run during a stage in the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race in Destne v Orlickych horach, January 26, 2012.

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