So 'mush' fun
The howls and yips of a pack of black dogs broke out over Shell Lake this afternoon, as Ed Streeper and a group of friends and family rigged up 20 mushing pups to a line of 10-sleds.
The air was cold, a bitter -22 degree windchill, but Streeper was determined.
"We're going to pull more sleds ever pulled in recorded history behind one team," said Streeper. "The record that we could find is at six sleds, and we thought well, if we're going to do seven, we might as well do 10."
Streeper says he's been planning to set this record for about four years, but the weather just wouldn't cooperate for him until now.
"The last three years, our winters have been kind of crazy and out of wack, and the weekends that were available, I didn't have my crew. I couldn't do it without all our good friends here that are going to ride the sleds," he said.
While he says not everyone who wanted to be there to see "Fast Eddy" set a world record could make it, they were there in spirit, and in everyone's hearts, particularly Streeper's dad who unexpectedly passed away 10 years ago. Streeper even wore "mits" during the run that he won in an Alaskan race in memory of his dad.
"I gave these to my dad," said Streeper, holding up the mittens. "I'm going to wear them today...and know he's looking down."
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