Kamchatka Governor proposed to lengthen the route of the sled-dog race to 2,044 kilometers.
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY. April 20. VOSTOK-MEDIA – Kamchatka Krai Gov. Aleksey Kuzmitsky sent a letter of congratulation to the Governor and residents of Chukotka Autonomous District on the occasion of the finishing of Nadezhda Sled-Dog Race, Kamchatka Administration reports.
In his letter, Aleksey Kuzmitsky stated that Nadezhda and Beringia sled-dog races, which were held as part of the Second Decade of the world's indigenous people, contribute to the keeping alive of traditional skills, cultures and ways of life of the indigenous peoples of the North. “Chukotka mushers’ participation in Beringia in 2009 and 2010 contribute to the strengthening of friendly ties between the two regions,” the letter read. In addition, the Governor said that these two sled-dog races should be given a priority among other major regional events.
At preset, Chukotka and Kamchatka authorities are considering to lengthen the route of 2011 Beringia to 2,044 kilometers so that it would run from Esso village, Kamchatka, to Markovo village, Chukotka.
This route was already used for the sled-dog race in 1992. Then, Beringia made a Guinness World Record as the longest sled-dog race in the world, the Governor said. “I have proposed to use this route next year and the discussion of this project is presently underway.”