Allen, Aliy, and Bridgett just left the starting line of the Sheep Mountain 150! It looks like a competitve field of mushers this year with 41 mushers from all over Alaska and Canada. Around noon today, Allen began the race in the tenth starting position with Rose and Ranger leading the charge, and Aliy followed shortly after leaving 15th. Beemer and Scout (it was only Scout's second time in lead!) led for Aliy. Bridgett was last from the SP Kennel squad in 20th position. JJ and Dingle were her leaders. All the dogs looked great and fired up!
The weather is perfect- sunny and cool (temps varied this morning 0 to -10). I'm on my way to the first checkpoint in Eureka, which is 13 miles by car and 50 by dogteam. Once there, the teams will rest for 5 hours and then take off for the second leg of the race. I'll have more updates and pictures soon!