The Iditarod Rookie Meeting is Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd - 4th. As the Iditarod Trail Committee musher representative board member, Aliy, was asked to give a few "Welcome Words" to the 2012 Rookie Class. There were a few last minute sign ups, which has brought the rookie musher number to 17.
Horizon Lines Alaska is based at the Port of Anchorage. They are a key sponsor for SP Kennel, as well as "Lead Dog Partners" with the Iditarod. Preparations are underway for another Horizons Lines "Hot Dog Pit Stop" half way along the Iditarod Anchorage ceremonial start route. Get the mustard ready!
Allen and Aliy will also be doing their annual talk with the kids at the Covenant House in Anchorage. Homeless and runaway youth find unconditional support here. The shelter is just a block from the Iditarod start on 4th Avenue and it was spectacular to have some of the youth assist as SP Kennel handlers during the race last year.
Clarion Suites Downtown Anchorage is an important base of operations during the Iditarod, as well as for business trips such as this one. SP Kennel crew has a comfy home at Clarion Suites!