IFSS Announces 2007 Dryland World Championship

The International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS) will hold its 2007 Dryland World Championship November 17-18, 2007, in Piandelagotti, Italy. Piandelagotti is located about 120 km southwest of Bologna. The event will be hosted by Italy’s federation, Federazione Italiana Musher e Sleddog Sport (FIMSS). Categories to be offered will include classes in canicross, bikejoring, scooter, and rig. In addition, there will be junior classes (ages 14-17) and possibly classes for seniors (age 40 and above).The event is expected to draw competitors from throughout Europe and other nations. Massimo Bassan, president of FIMSS, is looking forward to a successful race and anticipants a large turnout of competitors since dryland events are attracting more and more attention from many areas where snow is not a sure bet.The first IFSS Dryland World Championship was held in Ravenna, Italy in 2003. Since then the event has been growing in stature and, in addition to mushers, has drawn outstanding competitors from the ranks of track and field and biathlon. The Dryland World Championships usually see around 200 teams entered.Some money will be available for overseas travel, but all competitors must enter through their respective national federations. Only federations in good standing with their dues paid up may send competitors.For more information and entry forms, go to the FIMSS website for the race: http://piandelagotti2007.fimss.com

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