Niina and Molly
Jill Rennicke, Alumni Coordinator

Niina Baum a CS3 Alum and her dog Molly will represent Team USA in Sweden at the  2019 IFSS Dryland World Championship this October. 

The United States Federation of Sleddog Sports (USFSS) is excited to 
announce Niina Baum has been selected to represent Team USA at the 2019 International Federation of Sled Dog Sports Dryland World Championship race in Nybro, Sweden from October 23-27, 2019. Niina Baum will be competing in the one-dog scooter class. More than 350 top competitors from 20 countries will be competing for gold, silver and bronze medals for their respective country.

Niina has been competing in dog powered sports for 18 years. She will be competing with her three year-old dog, Molly, who is a Greyster (Greyhound/Pointer cross). Niina and Molly have extensive travel and race experience, from competing in a 10-stage canicross race in the alps of France, to skijoring in Alaska. For the last two years Niina and Molly have primarily competed in the two-dog scooter class to be better prepared for the competition at the world championships. Even when just running as a one-dog team in the two-dog class they have always finished at the top.

The 2019 IFSS Dryland World Championship is a four-day competition featuring events in rig, bikejor, scooterjor, and canicross. Depending on the event, competitors will race with one to eight dogs. Each event, except canicross, is performed on a wheeled device such as a rig, bike, or scooter with the dog/s pulling. In the event of canicross the athlete will run on foot with his or 
her dog pulling.

The IFSS Dryland World Championship event is held every other year in a different country. This year Team USA will be traveling to Nybro, Sweden to compete at a world class venue located in the Svartbäcksmåla activity area. It is one of the largest recreational areas found in any city in Sweden. To make it on Team USA athletes must be performing at the top level of their class at qualifying events for two years following up to the world championship event.

Niina stated,“For the last 18 years I have been training for the world championships. I was so excited to find out that I made it on Team USA this year! Ever since I got Molly three years ago, I knew that she would be the dog to get me to the world championships. We have done everything together: traveling,

For more information on this event visit www.usfss.org

Photo and press release submitted by Niina Baum