28/10/2017

We were asked by Peter Thuwis from the outdoor shop, Verreweg, to test the new clothes of Páramo Directional Clothing. 12km of heavy mud did not resist us. Super first test day!!

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22/10/2017
We are back from the Flemish championship. The dogs ran 4.7km for two days. Due to the technical trail, we were forced to compeed with our ATV. We  still managed to be the fastest overall team. The first title of the season is in the pocket. Click on the link below for a glimp of our contest:

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10/09/2017
The organization of Xtreme Xperience asked us to give a demonstration at their event. Therefore, the sled dog sport certainly belongs to the category of extreme sports. We received many positive reactions about the dogs and their exhibition of strength and speed. Also, our partners came nicely in the picture.

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23/03/2017
The season is coming to an end. Yet we continue to work hard for next year, our debut in the six dog class. The youngsters learn the tricks of the trade and every day they get stronger and faster. Again, a young female continues to amaze us every day. Flauw, a bitch bred by Hege Ingebrigtsen, trains since the second training in lead. A dog with a enormous drive! That is a promise for next year. Click on the photo of Flauw, for a training video!!

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31/01/2017
Our dogs have been given all they have during the last two weekends. On 20 and 21 January we won the race in Unterjoch. It was a race against the clock. The first day the dogs went straight on instead of turning left on a crossroad. We ended up on the second place with 36 seconds behind the first team. The second day was faultless and we did the 5 km race in 9 minutes and 49 seconds. We won easily with an average well over 30km/h and it was a very mountainous landscape!! Together we reached a top speed of 41.8 km/h.
Click on the link for the movie of day 2 in Unterjoch:
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The weekend after, on 28 and 29 January, we participated at the German championship in Todtmoos. The fastest teams in Europe were committed to come here and we could now see how quickly this young team really is. It was even more mountainous than in Unterjoch. Incredible tough climbs followed by rapid declines. Nevertheless, we achieved after the first day first place with a time of 7'31 '' over 3.8 km. The second day we had to stop with a problem with a pull line, but still ran a time of 7'33'' and this with a top speed of 46.5km/h!! Incredible!!! We maintained our first place with a lead of 1 minute 53 seconds on the second team. What a performance of Boris and Dingle!!
From now on we are going to train Flauw, Greta, Johan and Fongoelo to shoot next year with a brand new and very fast  six dog team!!

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10/01/2017
Back from our training camp in Hamar, Norway. We also picked up our sixth hound, named Greta. She is the sister of  Johan and she will be trained as a leaddog for our six dog team next year. After four days of training (in a row), the two racedogs put 46km of snow trails into their legs. Stefan also trained with the eight dog team of  Hege Ingebrigtsen. A great kick and a huge learning experience. Are to Run racing team is now preparing  itself forthe height of the season, the German championship in Todtmoos.
Below is a little video of our training in Hamar:

 

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20/12/2016
Last weekend we participated at a race in Opglabbeek. Our young dogs trained to pass a lot and they do that now without any problems. Dingle and Boris, are extremely sharp and the focus is entirely on the German championship in late January. But first we go to Norway for their snow training. They may do their first snow race, in Unterjoch, the weekend befor the championship. 

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06-11-2016
In early december we will participate at a race in Helchteren, Belgium. Gradually the dogs get the necessary endurance. They can now easily pull the cart for ten kilometer.

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26-09-2016

The season has started again. Boris and Dingle have already around 70 km in their legs and the drive is enormous! Special thanks to Kariboe Hasselt and Lundhags!! Thanks to them the musher stays, during the cold and wet autumn days, warm and dry.

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13-02-2016
A days training with author, Stijn Moekaars. We set out to teach him about our sport. Together we are writing a children's book about my super lead dog Esdra and her amazing adventures. Publisher Clavis, Stijn and me will do our best to publish the book as soon as possible.

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05-02-2016
Our young hounds now know what we want them to do. They have trained a couple of months in Beglium  in the mud and it goes really well. So now we wanted them to teach the necessary snow abilities.
We drove to the beautiful " La Magdeleine " in Italy. The first training was somewhat stiff through the fresh snow and snowfall . The dogs were immediately presented with a very heavy trail. The following days increased their self-confidence and strength rapidly. By the end of the snow training it was obvious that we should not drive back home with the same young dogs , but rather with a powerfull and race ready unit!

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03-12-2015
At the end of last season we made the choice to change to the open category. In this class, it does not matter with what type of dog you run. As long as the dog is mentally and physically up to the task, he can enter the race. In this competition they ran mostly with hounds. This is a crossbreed from a husky, German shorthair, pointer, Greyhound, etc. Since people no longer look at the prescribed breeding standard of the huksy, but only rely on the performance of the dog, they developed the ultimate sprint dog. We look forward with great anticipation for next season. We will compeed with our super Siberian, Esdra, and our three new hounds, Dingle, Harry and Boris. We chose Dingle from the famous world champion, Hege Ingebrigtsen. Boris we bought at Linnea Lindmark, because she bred a super litter from hege's bloodline. Harry we chose at Rudi Ropertz, whose name is inscribed since 1980 in the European sleddogsport.
We have already started to train our team and the prospects are promising. The difference between our previous huskies and these ultimate sprint dogs is already visible.

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26-03-2015
The television program, Koppen, on één, has followed NPO Are to Run a whole year. After long shooting days and dozens of hours of footage, the reporters (Guy De Troyer, Celine Willmore, Teun Pipe and Johan Somers) made a very handsome movie. How do you become a world champion in sled dog racing? View the video by clicking on the picture below.

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23-02-2015

Last weekend we defended our championship title at the World Championships. This year it was kept in Scharnitz, Austria. The trail ran completely through the Valley, leaving no hills to climb, and this is just Are to Run's speciallity.  Yet, the qualitative training took the upper hand and the dogs went to the extreme. Also Active and Esdra are remarkably lighter than their opponents. So it was not evident to compeed with them on the flat trails. As a result, Stefan and his two lead dogs couldn't renew their world title. Stefan says: "I am very proud of my two lead dogs! They didn't gave in to the fatigue and even went faster every time when I asked them to. That ultimate bond between me and my dogs, thats why I love this sport!! I'm super proud with our Silver! "

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29-01-2015
Next weekend there will take place a Viking festival in Tongeren. 500 Vikings from all over Europe come to Tongeren. The highlight of the festival is VIKIMANIA. The directed by Stijn Coninx and Jan Kriekels (CEO JAGA). Not only the Vikings will steal the show, also more than 300 volunteers participate in this spectacle. The life-size viking boat will be fired by none other than Jan Kriekels. It is up to Are to Run to transport him, on Arctic way, to the spectacle. What an entrance!

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26-01-2015
We are back from a super race weekend! We took 1st place in Les Saisies, France! This was without a doubt the heaviest contest in my sled dog career. I was warned it was a heavy trail, but when we were running it, it became very clear!! Almost half the race we needed to climb uphill!! I am lucky that Esdra is such a outstanding dog, without her it was impossible! Active and myself gained mental power only to look her!! PHENOMENAL!!

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13-01-2015
Next weekend we wanted to compete at the qualification race for the WC in Unterjoch, Germany. Unfortunately, the warm weather continues to follow us, because the race is called off. We have now chosen to participate at the race in Haidmühle, Germany. Hopefully it stays winter in Bavaria! Team Are to Run tries as best as possible to prepare for this World Cup qualifier, knowing that it is currently 9 degrees in Belgium!! Way too hot for the dogs to train on this level. 

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30-12-2014
Are to Run's training camp is slowly ending.  The dogs trained 50 km in snow. They start to get the hang of the distances, despite its very hilly here! Half the trail is uphill and they do this in full gallop!

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A Belgium film crew also came to make a nice documentary of how we prepare for the upcoming World Championship. We had three full days of filming. The dogs sometimes had to have some patience, because the cameramen were not as fast as us. This docu will be broadcasted around the end of March.

 

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16-12-2014
Preparing for our trainingscamp in Sweden!! We will stay at the Of Macmuirch kennel, from Benjamin Schaap en Nadia Fleming. We are going to test the new sled and start speed training, needed for the World Championship!!

We are just waiting for our winter outfits.. So Bergans of Norway can give us a super warm christmas!!

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07-10-2014
We have been asked for an exclusive workshop today in Stoumont, Belgium. The CEO of a successful American company, and it's board of directors, are planning an expedition from Finland to Russia in march 2015. Of course they need to pick up a lot of knowledge and a good level of fitness. They will be trained by expedition leader and mountaineer, Bjorn Vandewege. In collaboration with Escape Event!

(the names of those involved are released after the expedition)
 

 

09-09-2014
On september 9, I gave a lecture in Tielt, Belgium, about the combination of  talents, dreams and the dog-sled sport. Education Flanders asked me last school year if I was interested to to explain to hundreds of young people how I've become a world champion, during the event ' Nine Nine Fourteen '. What talents I have used and what was needed to make my dream come true?

It was a very nice day and I hope to have inspired young people to pursue their dreams!

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29-08-2014

On 14 september, we represent the sled dog sport at the event Xtreme XperienceTogether with the Luxembourg adventurer Raphael Fiegen. So drop by, sunday the 14th!! ;-)

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06-08-2014
The future world champions are born todayEsdra and her litter are doing super well!

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20-06-2014

All athletes who have achieved something in the year 2014, were honored at the champions celebration on Friday the 20th June in the city of Bilzen. We were surprised by the high number of athletes who won serious prices.  I was very pleasantly surprised with the rating of sportsman of the year 2014!

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05-06-2014

Successful breeding!! We expect puppies of Esdra and Joel around 6 August!!

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25-05-2014
Thank you very much for the handsome delivery, Bergans of Norway! What a beautiful and high-quality clothing!

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06-05-2014
On Sunday 1 June Are to Run will have a workshop at WOEFdag. Certainly interesting for everyone who is interested in sled dog racing!  We are ready for you from 9 to 6, on the provincial domain in Huizingen.

 

16-02-2014   !!!WORLD CHAMPION!!!

What a year!! European champion in november and world champion in February. Tuesday 11 February Benjamin Schaap and I descended to Switzerland to give it a try at the World Championship. Last year, I knew that the control of the nerves is extremely important!! This year it was super good. Pure confidence! During the first day of the Championship the dogs ran like hell!! They ran the 6, 1 km with an average speed of 25 km/h! The trail was very quick and each command was followed flawlessly. We took the first place with seven seconds ahead of the second position! The second day we had a completely different trail! Due to the hot weather the snow become soft. But both the dogs as myself are trainend very hard, so we never looked back and just kept running! After the second match, we had a lead of exactly two minutes!! The third day we started terribly fast and during the first two kilometers we had an average speed of 26, 7 km/h and a top speed of 34, 8 km/h! When the finish line came into sight, I've pulled out the Belgian flag! Extremely proud of Esdra and Active I drove for the last time over the finishing line! We did it!!!!!!!!

 

(click on the picture for the news broadcast by VTM!)

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Esdra en Active n°1 of the world!!

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1e Stefan Goris, 2e Sandra Kaufmann, 3e Mikolaj Wlodarczyk

25-11-2013   !!EUROPEAN CHAMPION!!

During the first run, we got a flat tire after 2 km. The dogs had to now work extra hard to pull us by the heavy mud in an attempt to lose as little time as possible. Anyway we ended up Friday in second place with 42 seconds under Andrey Drabik! The second match day, everything went flawlessly! The dogs were in top form and made our lost time! We ended still
in second place, but now with just a time difference of one hundred of a second. The lastmatch day it was like this: everything or nothing!! ESDRA and Active ran super. Once across the finish it was clear! Team Are to Run ran 47 seconds faster and we acquired our very first Champion title!!
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 08-10-2013
We train very hard for the European Championship in Beloeil, Belgium! The dogs now pull 220kg (quad +musher) at an average speed of 22-23 km/h. In the video below you see a short training of team Are to Run (trail 1500m). 

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30-06-2013
Today, we picked up Fant at the Jemano Kenel of Onno and Marja de Jong. It's a very opinionated and independent dog with lots of spunk. She will definitely honour her place as co-leader.. ;-)

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26-06-2013
Today the puppies came to visit my class. It was a unique experience for the children to be surrounded with so many small dogs. Also for the puppy's, it was an unmissable opportunity for their socialization!!

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04-06-2013

SNOTRA CAPTURES BUZZARD!
A quiet walk with Snotra, turned out into a hunt.. The local Falconer was searching in the field for his young buzzard. The bird of prey escaped and was laying motionless in the countryside, somewhere between the high grass.. Snotra and I could definitely help, because it is like looking for a needle in a haystack! After an hour of tracking I see Snotra flying into the grass. YES!! Snotra retrieves agile the overgrown chicken out of the grass and pulls it on the footpath. Fortunately for the Falconer, she let loose on command!! ;-) Snotra receives a big hug from the man!! Well done, girl!! :-p

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13-05-2013
Meanwhile, Snotra did a handsome job! She brought 8 healthy puppies into the world. The are three males and five females..

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16-03-2013

During the long Easter weekend, (30 March to 1 april), team Are to Run and team Snowforce, will give several demonstrations at Animal Event. This will take place in Flanders Expo Ghent!                    

18-02-2013    Team Are to Run is n°7 of Europe!!
The first day we  braked too much, so we finished 13th out of 43. It was a super fast trail and the team ran like a train! I thought we were going fast enough to make a good place and to save the dogs for the upcoming race dayes. This was apparently a misjudgment! The second day I did not braked, but the team didn't really get into a nice simultaneous gallop. Yet we rose three places with a 7th time! Sunday, the last match day, the dogs ran fantastic! With the 5th fastest time we took some places! After three tough days and 25 km further, we ranked at a nice 7th place at the European Championship in Haidmühle!

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11-02-2013
The race in Clausthall-Zellerfeld is a fact. We took first place!!!! The trail was extremely heavy. We were expecting a quick trail, but nothing was further from the truth. The snow was very soft. But the team did not care and worked itself trough it!

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27-01-2013
It was a cold and tough contest in Frauenwald. On some pieces you saw no hand in front of the eyes, due to the heavy fog. Yet, it seemed not to bother the lead dogs. The sweeped over the trail.. As a result, a third place!!

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19-01-2013
TVL is filming us!! Tomorrow around 7 pm a short report about dog sledding during the local news!!

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14-01-2013
First place in Alpe du Grand Serre, France! It was a very heavy trail. A Sturdy climb of 1, 5 km. Good thing the dogs retained their gallop, because I died twice during this monstrous climb. But once again a very happy return of a weekend mushing!!

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06-01-2013
Second place in Seefeld, Austria!! The dogs worked super and the speed was great. Unfortunately, the second match day was cancelled, due to the wether. It was extremly hot!! Global warming affects everyone, everywhere..

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01 & 02-12-2012

The first day of the Pampa contest, we stopped three times to recover. The front wheels were also almost the whole trail on lock. During the second day, the trail was a lot heavier, due to an overnight rain. Also our start time was a bit earlier, making it a bit cooler for the dogs. So let the guys ran the trail in one time. I am very definitely satisfied with this unexpected third place!

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09-11-2012
After a mind-breaking 25 hour ride we arrived safely back in Belgium. Benjamin and Nadia, thank you for this amazing experience. Active is already socializing with Chuck. The temperature difference is huge, but there he will be accustomed to it fast enough! Allt kommer bra med honom och se er snart! :-p

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07-11-2012
Meanwhile, VZW Are to Run is in Laxsjö, Sweden, with Benjamin Schaap and Nadia Fleming. It is beautiful here and a lot colder than in Belgium. Yesterday we trained with 15 dogs for the quad. What a gang!! But it ran very smoothly!

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27-10-2012
We are on the KIVO Kempentrail, Holland! It was a good day to see so many familiar faces. Instead of racing in the C1, we have trained with the quad in the Happy Dog Class. The dogs did it very well!

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18-09-2012
From today, we are sponsored by Brit-Petfood. The dog food is from top quality with an energy value of 4382 kcal. The dogs sure can find the necessary energy for training and racing.

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07-05-2012
VZW Are to Run did a demonstration on Animal Event, Holland.  Always nice to show the people that sled dogs are born for this line of work!

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22-02-2012
The website is online!!