COSTA MESA — If you're lucky, you just might see them: a pack of six Siberian huskies flying through the morning fog with an "urban musher" in tow.
To spare his team of dogs from training in the midday heat, Rancy Reyes, 50, an urban musher from Costa Mesa, said he trains his huskies — all rescue animals — early in the morning and late at night.
"We are very cognizant of the heat," Reyes said of the heavily furred dogs that are more at home in snowy climates than sunny Orange County, but are "born to pull."
Next week, Reyes' dogs, along with several others owned by other county residents, will test their speed and endurance at the American Dog Derby, an annual dog sledding race since 1917 in Ashton, Idaho.
Reyes will race a team of six huskies — two of his own and four borrowed from Matt and Claire Mardesich, of Three Dog Bakery, an all-natural dog food maker in San Clemente — in a 24-mile race spanning two days. Some of the other races staged at the derby cover greater distances — up to 100 miles, he said.