Thirty two dogs will head down the trail with Aliy and Allen from Willow tomorrow afternoon.
Aliy's Red team will be lead out by QUITO and WAYLON (below), followed by NACHO and BOONDOCKS in swing, OLIVIA and CHICA, SCRUGGS and SCOUT, CHEMO and WILLIE, CLYDE and PUD, MAC and SISSY with BISCUIT and SCHMOE in wheel. Click here to go to the team roster page to find out more about the team.
Allen's Black team will be lead out by BEEMER and DINGLE (below), followed by VIPER and RAMBLER in swing, LESTER and SCOOTER, OUTLAW and BORIS, MISMO and FELIX, BONITA and IZZY, TUG and PUPPET with FANG and TATFISH in wheel.
Allen's team has FIVE Iditarod rookies: Boris, Outlaw, Mismo, Felix and Izzy. Click here to go to the team roster page.
There are many great dogs that have been left behind and we want to give special thanks to the sponsors and fans of those dogs who haven't made the final cut. Your dog has made a huge contribution all season and without him or her the others wouldn't be able to do the things they do. They've been there on training runs, they've been the core of the "short-run" team (the team that runs shorter mileages so dogs coming back from injury can slot in to a team) or they pushed hard for a spot on the starting squad.
We realise you might be disappointed your dog isn't heading to Nome this time but they are just as valued and special as the 32 on the trail and they are superstars too, they just might not get as much press! Wes, Wendy and Ryne will be looking after them back home at the kennel and they will be very well cared for!