Champion sled dog racer will visit library

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NORWAY — Champion sled dog and skijoring racer Betsy McGettigan of Norway will visit the Children’s Room at Norway Memorial Library at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, to share her experiences in the sport of mushing. Mushing – in which dogs pull humans on skis or sleds – is a popular snow sport throughout North America and Europe.

McGettigan and her partner Ben Woodard own Two Moon Kennel. They have been racing for more than 10 years and started raising sled dogs in 1997. They train year-round and race primarily in one-dog skijoring (one person skiing with one dog) and four-dog sled racing (with a team of three or four dogs).

McGettigan has raced all over the Northeast, earning many medals in competition, including five gold medals. She also competed in the World Cup in Canada, placing sixth in the one-dog and fourth in the two-dog skijoring categories.

McGettigan and Woodard also help young mushers and skiers who are just starting out.

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“We have taught others about waxing skis, prepping dogs for racing, race etiquette on the trail, etc. We will sometimes mix our more experienced dogs in with their less experienced dogs to let the dogs train each other,” McGettigan said. She hopes to bring one of her dogs to the library.

This program is suitable for children ages 5 to 12. Space is limited. To register, call the Children’s Room at 743-5308 by Wednesday, March 17.

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