News : Bailey ready to mush with the best

Mar 21, 2013

 March 17, 2013

From Foster's Daily Democrat

by Ryan Dunfee

DOVER — With the Iditarod, the world’s most watched long distance sled dog challenge, recently completed in Alaska, dog mushing is front and center. But, while sled dog racing is most often associated with the 1,000-plus mile Iditarod, the North American and World sled dog championships happen around the same time and in the same snowy part of the world; if the Iditarod is a marathon, the North American and World sled dog championships are sprints. And one local woman has helped prepare a competitive team for these top level competitions.

Lis Bailey of Strafford is raising money for the traveling expenses of her K-Teris dog sled team, one of the world’s fastest, to Alaska for the North American and World sled dog championships.

If you didn’t realize a world-class sled dog team called the Seacoast home, you’d be forgiven. While the sled dog scene in New England is a quiet community compared with those in Alaska and Scandinavia, Bailey’s passion for dogs and racing, which began when she convinced her parents to let her get her first dog sled pup at age 10, has turned into a family affair that has stood up to teams around the world and now breeds top-shelf racing dogs. Since showing an early talent for the sport at 11, when she went undefeated in local races in the three-dog category, Lis’ homeschooling schedule and self-imposed discipline afforded her the chance to train “like a full time job.” She went on six-mile training runs in the summer, having the dogs gain strength in the fall by hauling an ATV around local trails, and then transferring to light, nimble carbon fiber sleds for the winter race season.

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