With just a few days to go until the Iditarod starts we thought you'd like to know what happens from now.
Wednesday: in the morning the teams will have a short, final stretch out run; this is important as they won't get to run again until Saturday morning. After that is a final sled and truck check then Aliy and Allen travel down to Anchorage to attend some sponsor events on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
Thursday: Aliy and Allen have musher meetings for most of the day. The dogs and rest of the crew drive to Anchorage in time for the Start and Bib Draw banquet on Thursday evening.
Friday: in the morning the team makes more sponsor visits before the Meet-and-Greet at the Clarion Suites (our home away from home) from 6-7pm. This is a free event and open to anyone that would like to come.
Saturday: at 10am we're all involved with the Ceremonial Start in downtown Anchorage.
Sunday: at 2pm is the Re-start in Willow. Aliy, Allen and 32 dogs are on the trail towards Nome!
Photo: Sebastian Schnuelle
The Iditarod is different to the Yukon Quest and the Copper Basin in that, as handlers, we are not able to go from checkpoint to checkpoint to follow the teams. This means we cannot bring you our own photos and videos from the trail. We will be relying on other sources, just like you, to get our information and we'll do our best to summarise and consolidate information about the Red and Black teams and bring it to you here.
If you are not already an Iditarod Insider we would recommend joining - you can follow the GPS trackers and see exclusive videos from the crew that follows the teams down the trail.
Other sources of information will be the Anchorage Daily News, The Alaska Dispatch and, of course, the Iditarod Website and Facebook page.
We're excited!!! How about you?