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Arleigh Reynolds, World-Renowned Expert to Discuss Nutrition, Performance in Alaskan Sled Dogs

April 10, 2009

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 9, 2009 – Arleigh Reynolds, veterinarian and world-renowned canine exercise physiologist and nutritionist who describes Alaskan sled dogs as the world’s greatest athletes, will give Springfield College’s 2009 Peter V. Karpovich Lecture, on Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in Fuller Arts Center on the campus. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

Reynolds, who has worked as a veterinarian at the Iditarod, the Open North American Championship, and the International Federation of Sled Dog Sports World Championship, will discuss the relationship between nutrition and performance in sled dogs. A senior scientist for Nestle Purina, he has studied the subject for more than 20 years at Cornell University, in his Salcha, Alaska laboratory, and on the Alaskan sled dog trails. He will make comparisons to human athletes’ training and competing in extreme sporting events.

A worldwide lecturer, Reynolds is the author of numerous articles on sled dog nutrition and performance. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and former assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Cornell University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology, doctorate in veterinary medicine, and Ph.D. in exercise physiology and nutrition at Cornell.

Reynolds is also a competitive sled dog racer (musher), who last month won third place in the 2009 Open World Championship Fur Rendezvous Race, which is often described as the steeple chase of dog mushing because of the combination of speed and endurance required of the special breed of dogs that participate.

He is also the 2009 and 2008 winner of the Yukon River Open Championship and placed second in the 2009 Canadian Open Championship and third in the 2009 and 2007 Open North American Championship.

A passionate dog lover, he said of his animals after winning the 2007 ExxonMobil Open Championship, “I am really proud of them. They’re like my kids.” Reynolds is also a marathon runner and long-distance canoer who lives in Alaska.

The Peter V. Karpovich Lecture is Springfield College’s annual scholarly lecture in physical education, exercise physiology, and other sport and exercise sciences. It brings top experts to the campus for the benefit of college students, faculty and staff; professionals in these fields; and the community at large. The college established the event in 1973 in memory of its former faculty member Peter V. Karpovich, who was an internationally recognized exercise physiologist and one of the principal founders of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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