US Paralympic Teenage Athlete to Compete in First Dryland World Sled Dog Championships in Italy

by Sleddoggin Staff on September 3, 2011

(PRWEB) November 14, 2002

Scdoris will be one of hundreds of competitors (human and canine) from around the globe to compete at the World Dryland Sled Dog Championships. The events include Canicross, Bikejoring, Scooter 1-dog, Scooter 2-dog, and Cart 4-dog. In all events human athletes and canine athletes are the teams. Canicross is a running event with a person tethered to their dog with a 2-3 meter long line. The first day’s race is 3km and the second day is 5-8km. Bikejoring is the dryland equivalent of skijoring with one dog and the bicyclist. Both Scooter classes allow any equipment with two or more 12” minimum wheels with brakes, including bicycles but no mechanical advantage. The cart 4-dog event combines the musher with four dogs and a cart that has 3 or 4 wheels, 12” minimum in diameter, and an accepted braking device. Lines are approximately 2-3 meters long or as required for safety in all events.

Scdoris will compete in the Canicross event. She is already an accomplished musher having completed grueling 500 and 300-mile sled dog races in her career. She is currently training her team for the busy winter season and runs cross-country and track for Redmond High school. The dog Scdoris will be using in the Canicross is not a guide dog. Scdoris is legally blind.

Scdoris has a rare hereditary vision disorder called achromatopsia. Achromatopsia affects approximately 1 in 33,000 people in the United States. It causes colorblindness, poor visual acuity and the eyes do not adapt normally to high levels of illumination.

Despite her vision impairment Scdoris remains determined to achieve everything she sets out to accomplish. “I have dreamed of running in Europe since I was a little girl. I can hardly wait to represent the United States in International competition. This will be a great prelude to my goal of participation in the Paralympics in Athens, Greece in the 2004 Olympic Games”, said Scdoris. In addition to the Olympic competition Scdoris is preparing to compete in and is the official spokesperson for the Atta Boy 300 Oregon World Cup Sled Dog Race for Vision, January 4 – 12, 2003. Her other athletic goal is to compete in the Iditarod, the ultimate sled dog event, in 2004.

For more information on the World Dryland Sled Dog Championships log on to the International Federation of Sleddog Sports website at http://www.sleddogsport.com.

Rachael Scdoris, http://www.sleddogrides.com


Atta Boy 300 Oregon World Cup Race for Vision, http://www.attaboy300.com


Iditarod, http://www.iditarod.com


Paralympics 2004, http://www.paralympic.org



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