Shortly after midnight, Allen Moore crossed under the famous burled arch in Nome to complete his third Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. His exact time has not been posted yet, but the duration of his team's journey was just over 12 days, 10 hours. Allen is thrilled about his team, and all 11 dogs are in excellent shape. We've talked a lot about this team of young racers, but it's still hard to express how significant their accomplishment is. Only four dogs on Allen's starting team had Iditarod experience, and only three of them finished. All the rest were Iditarod "rookies" and none of them had ever run these kinds of distances. To have this many young dogs gain so much experience so fast is a tremendous boost to the future of SP Kennel. Congratulations to Allen on such an extraordinary performance of dog care!
I have some good video of the finish that I will edit and post tomorrow, but for now everyone -- including me -- is going to get some sleep, happy and relieved that both SP Kennel teams have completed Iditarod 2009 and are safely off the trail!