Aliy is out again on the trail with all 12 dogs. She left out 3rd from Unalakleet at 1:01 pm after resting 5:30 hours. She is with in 2 miles of Dallas and Aaron. Off down the coast!
Iditarod 2012 has been an exciting one so far, especially for SP Kennel and the SPK friends. It has been nonstop excitement and nerves. Dog mushing is such an extraordinary sport and Aliy, Ryne and the SPK dogs have such a strong following. Not just in Alaska. Not just in the USA. All around the world. I don't get a chance to answer ever comment on the blog, but I hope I am answering all the questions. Mac and Wes are have been manning Facebook and doing an excellent job there. Please keep posting all the interesting videos, interviews and reports as well. It is what is allowing us all to follow the race so closely.
Mushing is a unique sport, unlike any other I can think off. Men and women compete on equal ground with no consideration to gender or origin. Aliy often refers to the musher as the "coach" of the team. It all comes down to how well you can read your dogs and how well you can maximize their potential. I know we say it so often, but it really is all about the dogs.
In the last year, Aliy has taken on even more responsibility with the Iditarod. She has taken over as the Iditarod musher's representative on the Iditarod's Board of Directors, a position voted on by her fellow mushers. She has long been a highly respected musher.
What will happen here in the last 300 miles? We'll soon find out.