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The launch of the world's first professional long distance sled dog team

Newly launched Team QRILL Pet works to improve dog health and well-being. Focusing on race-winning performance, along with making a positive contribution to a unique and challenging endurance sport, Team QRILL Pet is more than ‘just’ a team. Part race equipment, part pet nutritional study, and part recruitment vehicle for the sport itself, Team QRILL Pet’s ambitions are as broad as the winter landscapes the team will be racing across.

Launching in Oslo, Norway the predominately Norwegian team includes Thomas Wærner (winner Finnmarksløpet 2013), Marit Beate Kasin and Joar Ulsom (winner Iditarod 2018) along with four-time winner of Iditarod, Dallas Seavey from the USA. Matching race winning experience with future talent, the young musher, Hanna Lyrek, will also join the team.

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“Races such as the Finnmarksløpet and Iditarod, are more than just races. They are adventures you experience with your dogs, team mates and fellow competitors in the great outdoors. I am honoured to be part of Team QRILL Pet where we are working with Aker BioMarine and partners on improving dogs health and well-being. We are also building a strong foundation for our sport for the future,” says mushing champion Thomas Wærner.

The team will race at the major mushing marathon events, such as Finnmarksløpet, Iditarod and Femundsløpet. “We are thrilled and inspired by Aker BioMarine’s launch of Team QRILL Pet. We welcome their investment in a professional team and support their vision to build and increase the popularity of the sport, encouraging a new generation mushers to take up the reins,” the chairman of Finnmarksløpet, Per Aronsen says.

Aker BioMarine has for a long period of time, had an active interest in dog mushing and paid special attention to the iconic dog mushing races held in Finnmark, Røros and Alaska. We´ve had fantastic experience with our pilot sponsorships with Thomas Wærner and Joar Ulsom, helping to improve their dogs’ overall endurance and well-being,” Matts Johansen, CEO Aker BioMarine, explains.

Adding, “Together with our partner Felleskjøpet we can identify the optimal nutrition for dogs, for overall well-being and health. Thanks to this incredible sport and our inspiring mushers we will be able to really drive innovation, improving dogs’ health, along with promoting the sport. We see great potential in the sport of dog mushing.”

Team QRILL Pet will line up for the first race of the season at Mush Synnfjell, 4-6 January 2019.

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