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The contact to the race manager:

Pavel Kučera, Nová 303, 38451
Volary, Czech republic, Tel: 00420 602 109 583, E-mail: mueller.kucera@web.de


XXII.year of Šedivackův long
will take place on 23-27/01/2018 in Deštné in Orlické mountains


The dog sled

Since ancient times people
living in the distant lands, where the winter is longer than
other seasons, have been using the dog sled to the transport
of people and the load. For their sled they were using any
dogs no matter what race or beauty. The only thing that was
important was how the dog worked and how it coped with the
bad weather.
At that time there started to be the bets – whose dog will
pull the heaviest load, whose dog sled is the fastest. There
were lots of sport disciplines coming to our country. In the
beginning of the 80’s the first excited people started to
hitch their dogs to the first prototypes of the sled.
Not all tries were successful but there started to be more
fans of this sport. People, or so called “mushers”, managed
to import the real Nordic race dogs from abroad – the Alaskan
malamute and Siberian husky and started to compete with them.
And that was the beginning of the sport that we call the dog
sledding.


The History of the race

A few years ago a group of
dog sledding fans was looking for a region of the Czech Republic
that would be suitable for organizing dog sled races. This
region had to suit not only in the snow conditions, elevation,
profile of the trail but also in the willingness of the local
authorities to organize such a long distance race. They found
an ideal suitable place for the dog sled race in the Orlické
Mountains and in February 1997 organized the experimental
“zero” year (later called the “first” year)

One day before the actual start of the race two dogs of Pavel
Kučera ran away from him and one of them, Siberian Husky called
Šedivák, was shot down at a distant village by a local citizen.
In spite of this accident the race started but since then
it has always been dedicated to this sad fatal moment and
forever named “Šediváčkův Long”.
As the time went there have been created two distance trails
– 222km and 333km that lead mushers to the mountain ridges
same as to the charming Polish side of the mountains. The
race is a four-day stage race on the ridges of the Orlické
mountains, including one bivouac that traditionally takes
place on the meadow behind an old farm house in the village
Souvlastí.
The race has always been taking place in the last week of
January, which is typical with its freezing weather and plenty
of snow. The race itself demands great effort of the organizers,
volunteers and could not be organized without the huge help
of the sponsors and the local authorities of the villages
and the whole region. In the course of time there has been
created from a small local race an internationally important
event.
When we describe the race we have to use the adjectives such
as the longest, the most difficult, the most famous and its
name is more and more known among the mushers. In 2004 it
was honoured a nomination to the European championship FISTC
that also took place in the same year.
In the tenth year of the race took part 64 best mushers from
Germany, Austria, Holland, Belgium, France, Hungary, Slovakia
and the Czech Republic. There also took part about 400 Nordic
bred dogs – Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamutes, Greenland dogs,
Alaskan Husky, European sled dogs and others. This race catches
attention of many visitors of this region; mostly those who
want to taste the beauty and the magic of the polar worlds,
worlds of freezing weather and the faithful dog helpers.


The
adventure on the dog sled
, Miroslav Kubeček- Koktejl
2002 text
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The cooperation with the
region