Dog sled racer in Iola

Mark Dunlap gave Iola Rotarians an inside look at sled-dog racing Thursday. Dunlap was introduced by Rotarian Ann Shetlar, his sister.
A native of Elsmore, Dunlap’s affection for the outdoors led him to northern Minnesota where for 16 years he trained Alaskan huskies to race, with him precariously perched at the rear end of a sled.
Looking for a break in the monotony pf his day job, he acquired a Siberian husky from a local animal shelter. Dunlap’s interest in dog sled racing quickened and he learned all he could about Alaskan huskies and their propensity for speed, strength, endurance and, most importantly, love of racing.
His success included three championships and many second- and third-place finishes.
Dunlap worked at several jobs to support his interest. Expenses included feeding his dogs a special diet to keep them fit and healthy. Having realized dog-sled racing is a young man’s sport, Dunlap returned to Kansas in 2009.