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Athletic canines to perform in Truckee

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Thirty-three teams of canine athletes from throughout Nevada and California will make their way to Truckee for an action-packed weekend of flyball racing at RiverView Sports Park on Saturday and Sunday.

Racing starts promptly at 8 a.m. each day and will conclude at 5 p.m. The event is free for spectators.

The Patriot Games tournament is hosted by the Reno-based RF Revolution Flyball team and sanctioned by the North American Flyball Association (NAFA). The RF Revolution Flyball team also has members from Truckee and Fresno, Calif., as well as Alberta, Canada.

Part drag race, part relay race, flyball is a fast-paced, high-energy sport for dogs of all types and sizes.

The 51-foot course consists of four hurdles spaced 10 feet apart with a spring-loaded box 15 feet from the last hurdle and a start line six feed from the first hurdle.

Races are run with two lanes side by side. A racing squad, also called a team, consists of four dogs and four handlers. The dogs must run down the course, leaping over the hurdles, trigger the box, catch the ball, and then bring the ball back over the hurdles to their handler.

As the dog crosses the start line, the next dog races down the course. The first teams to have all four dogs finish without errors wins.

To learn more about flyball, visit the North American Flyball Association Web site at http://www.flyball.org.