Combining performance and respect
In a spirit of international sporting competition at the highest level, the organizers, with many years of experience, have decided to return to the true values of the sport of dog sledding:
- Respect for the dog: adaptation of the routes and the length of the stages, resting times and the existence of a rule which allows the rotation of the dogs in the race within a predefined group (a team made up only of substitutes!).
- Respect for the competitors (mushers) and their helpers (handlers) who either share with their
dogs the same effort on the track, or give everything so that these dogs are prepared and cared for during rest periods.
- Respect for nature, through simple civic gestures (cleaning strawed or soiled areas) but also through respect for the tracks used with the collaboration of the winter sports resorts..
Beyond sport: the Lekkarod, an educational aid
The Lekkarod is intended to be a fun tool for schoolchildren, through various educational materials made available to them and a follow-up of the event.
It is also a great study support for veterinary schools. Thus a strong partnership exists between Lekkarod and the National Veterinary School of Alfort. Every year many students come to follow the event and their teachers use data or images collected during the race.
ENVA is a public and administrative institution of higher education and research under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. It maintains
strong links with the University of Paris-Est, ANSES, INRA, INSERM.