Are you wondering how long the checkpoint breaks are? When you follow the race and watch the Internet for information, you can ’see’ how long a musher stays in a checkpoint. Looking back at the race information, you can see, some stay short amount of times, some stay longer amount of times.
A musher stays in a checkpoint as long as their race schedule and their dogs decide they should be there. Each musher thinks about a race plan way before the race starts. The dogs are trained to run a certain amount of time and then to rest a certain amount of time. During the run time, there are stops for quick rests and quick snacks. During the rest times, there are times for longer dog naps, bigger meals, and often cuddle time under dog blankets.
So, the answer to the question about how long checkpoint breaks are is this: They are as long as the dogs and mushers need them to be because of their training schedule.
Pictures on the Internet or Insider video often show what goes on in Checkpoints. You can see the vets busy examining each dog, mushers cooking meals for the dogs, and dog’s having long naps. Sometimes you can even see pictures of mushers sound asleep.
If you were running a long race, would you have a rest – run schedule? Would you run fast at times? Slow at other times? What would your schedule be like and what would you do during your breaks? Write about your thoughts!
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