SP Kennel is a premier sled dog racing kennel in Two Rivers, Alaska, dedicated to the individual dog through excellent health, nutrition, training and specialized care.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Copper Basin Pre-race

The Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog race starts on Saturday January 10th in Glennallen, Alaska.

SP Kennel considers CB300 a "true test" of our season of training, the dogs' fitness and a musher's savvy. We've had some excellent results in this race in the past, but also some not-so-excellent ones. The race field is a strong one so it should be a heck of a race.

The CB300 is known for it's mountainous terrain, rugged trail conditions and, often times, large amounts of snowfall and bitter cold. The forecast for this weekend is fairly mild but but you just never know and you need to be prepared for changing conditions! From year to year, the race route and the conditions vary - which makes the CB300 unpredictable. This year we go through a new checkpoint - Mendeltna Creek Lodge - so that will be a fresh challenge.

We are very excited to have three teams in the event: Allen, Aliy and Spencer with their respective 12 dog teams. The exact team rosters will be posted on Friday evening or Saturday morning. There will be some difficult decisions to make between now and then, we're always sorry to leave behind any dog!

The CB300 website will have a leader board and keep an eye on their Facebook page also. Updates will be challenging due to limited cell phone service and/or internet coverage at some checkpoints.

Lastly, SP Kennel will do our best to update the doglog. Moira is back and will be handling and updating when she can. Macgellan will post some data analysis and run versus rest time statistics as he has done for the last few years. We all find this analysis interesting and useful!



Linda Toth said...

Welcome back Moira

Lisa B said...

Excited to "watch" from NC. Welcome back Moira - bet it was hard to leave the NZ summer for the AK winter. Go SPK mushers and dogs!

Anonymous said...

Racers start your barking doggies!
Best wishes for a safe journey for all 3 teams! Cant wait to hear Moira's reports and Mac's genius assessments. Glad you are back for a bit Moira! Go SP Kennel!
Padee Santa Rosa, CA

Nathalie Barlet said...

Thanks, can't wait to hear more about the race !

Nessmuk said...

Happy CB300 Race Weekend everyone!! With Moira back and Mac giving commentary and analysis it's shaping up to be a great weekend for us SPK fanatics! Love the CB300 photo poster of Aliy and the 2014 Red Team! The dogs look happy and the picture is so crisp!! And look at that nifty harness system!! LOL, bet the harnesses and gang lines will be the first thing packed in the truck for this 2015 CB300 race! Happy trails to all 3 teams....have fun and be safe!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Moira!!!

Awesome - three teams!!! That's 36 4-legged team members -woof, woof, woof!!!

SP Kennel rocks!!!

Go Red, go Black, go R&B!!!

Run like the wind, Team!!!

Lourdes, Vt said...

Best of luck to Aliy, Allen and Spencer!!! I know you guys will SHINE and so will the precious dogs!!!
Very glad that Moira is back, she always keeps us posted to the last detail!!! And, also looking forward to Mac's race analisys!!! They are great!!!
Go SP Kennel!!!!!!!!!!!

0300jh JeanneHammel said...

Already have the race map/leader board on my phone so we can follow and root for the 3 SPK teams here in Pittsburgh, PA! Best wishes!!

A-town's Becky said...

Woohoo, 36 dogs get to run and Macgellan & Moira to keep us posted, what a treat!

Margaret said...

We woke to a surprise snowfall - still ongoing - back east in Weston, CT!!!

As A-Town said...Great to know we'll have Moira and her video/web talent and Macgellan's analysis for this Copper Basin!

Woof, woof, woof!!!

marilyn cozzens said...

Dittos to above comments. So glad to welcome back Moira. Macgellan always provides excellent analysis. What a great start to the weekend a dog race with three SPK teams. Go Aliy & Red Team, go Allen & Black Team, go Spencer & Red & Black Team!
May you all run swiftly & safely.

Wendy Fick said...

Best of luck to all three teams. Be safe and have fun.

Barbara Boucher said...

Moira! Welcome back! The race should be well covered with posts from you, Mac, & the CB300 & the the tracker to follow, too. I really appreciate the way SPK provides coverage for all of us fans! That being said, go mushers & dogs- have a fun & safe race!