The Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog race begins on Saturday January 14th in Chistochina, Alaska. The CB300 is known for it's mountainous terrain, rugged trail conditions and, often times, large amounts of snowfall. From year to year, the race route and the conditions vary - which generally makes the CB300 a challenge. The general route is the same (map below), but the direction and start/finish change yearly.
SP Kennel considers CB300 a "true test" of our season of training, the dogs' fitness and a musher's savvy. This will be the 10th year we will be competing in the event. Some years we have had great finishes and other years Lady Luck has not played in our favor.
With a nearly full field of 55 teams, the 2012 Copper Basin 300 will be a heck of a race. The winner of this season's GinGin 200, Brent Sass, is entered, as is the 2012 winner of the Knik 200, Jake Berkowitz. There are many more teams of note that will be at the starting line.
SP Kennel will have three teams in the event: Allen, Aliy & Ryne with their respective 12 dog teams. The exact team rosters will be posted on Friday morning. Last minute decisions are still in the works, as well as one more pre-race training run.
Allen will have predominantly the same team as was the Red Team at Sheep Mountain 150 this past December. Aliy's and Ryne's teams consist of many dogs that have not yet raced this season. We are conscientiously trying to give every SP Kennel dog a chance to race.
So.... look out! We are off to the races!