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Bell Atlantic Mobile Sled Dog Race Attracts Top Teams From U.S. and Canada
Race Returns To Area After "No Snow" in '98 Course Extended to 76 Miles
January 15, 1999
WESTLINE, PA -- Top sled dog teams from the United States and Canada
will compete in the Bell Atlantic Mobile Sled Dog Race on January 30.
Competitors will vie for $12,000 in cash prizes in the race which begins and
ends in Westline, Pennsylvania. Larry Brunswick of Minnesota is expected to
return and defend his 1997 title when he took first place.
The course, which has been extended this year to 76 miles from 60 miles, runs
through the Allegheny National Forest. Once again, key mushers will be
equipped with wireless phones from Bell Atlantic Mobile.
"Using wireless technology puts our race on the cutting edge," said Jerry
Clark, one of the organizers. "If any of the mushers have a problem, such as a
serious fall or breakdown, we can be alerted instantly."
News media will be given the phone numbers for the mushers and will have
an opportunity to talk to the mushers while the race is in progress. The trail
boss will also be available by cellular phone to give up-to-the minute trail
Westline's Super Winterfest will complement the races with a full weekend of
winter events including the Straub Weight Pull, horse drawn sleigh rides, a
"Frost Bite" foot race and for the first time a cross-country skiing scavenger
hunt. (See attached for complete listing and event times and locations.)
Since parking is unavailable in Westline, free shuttle buses from parking lots
in surrounding areas will run Saturday and Sunday.
Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the
East, covering 112,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets
devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. For more information
on Bell Atlantic Mobile visit: www.bam.com