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, February 5, 2015

YQ SPK Coverage Guide

During the Yukon Quest the SP Kennel Crew will endeavour to keep our fans and supporters as up-to-date as possible. Our main update reports will be on the Doglog with supplementary photos on Instagram and Facebook.

Moira is part of the handler crew out on the trail and will be covering the "on the ground" action with update reports, photos and maybe some videos from the checkpoints - remember we are travelling in sometimes very remote Yukon and Alaskan areas so coverage is uncertain at this point. You may also hear from Kaz and Macgellan during the race to give a different perspective and fill in some blanks.

This year, thanks to our brand new smartphones and accessories provided by Verizon, coupled with their 4G LTE network in Alaska and roaming partners in the Yukon, we have set up an Instagram account (username spkennel) and we'll post pictures to both our Instagram and Facebook pages. Remember Allen and Aliy are not able to carry cellphones out on the trail (no two-way communication devices are allowed) but the handler crew will have fun playing with them instead! We may even have a few surprises in store for you.

Our first couple of Instagram pictures: travelling the ALCAN, enjoying Whitehorse

Of course, alongside our unapologetically SPK focussed coverage, the Yukon Quest website, Facebook page and twitter feed will have updates and a leader board with official times in and out of checkpoints. You will be able to hear about all the other teams in the race there.

Also on the Quest website you will find the Trackers for live tracking during the 1000 mile race. You will likely become very familiar with that page by the end of the race. I know we do!

There will be a news media contingent following the race with reporters and photographers on the trail. Race sponsors the Whitehorse Daily Star and the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer will be there, as well several radio stations and other news media outlets. We will try to keep an eye on these sources and link you to stories now and again.

We thank you in advance for your patience as we get team updates and information about any dropped dogs to you. Rest assured we all will be doing our best to get you the information as quickly as possible.

We hope you enjoy following along!


Anonymous said...

We love the coverage, yea for SPK and Verizon, a great team.

Lourdes, VT said...

Thank you so very much for this post and all the other posts to come during the races, YQ and YQ300.
This is such a great time of the year, checking for posts, race analyses, trackers, photos, etc!!!
Take care out there folks and have a great adventure!!! :) :) :)

Melinda said...

While it's true that the trackers are manufactured by SPOT, the actual tracking is provided by trackleaders.com. This is not a small point, since SPOT's software is dreadful and Trackleaders do a fantastic job of conveying the *story* underlying the dots moving down the trail. They provide some really excellent tools for figuring out race dynamics and deserve credit for some very, very creative work.

Anonymous said...

Three cheers for technology!!!

Between the "voice" of SP Kennel on the website and pictures from the trail of SP Kennel Teams, we are all winners!!!

Love for the racers the a woof, woof, woof for Verizon, best,


Domminique said...

Our family and my 4th graders will be following the race every step of the way! The kids kick off their YQ reading race this afternoon (Since there's no school tomorrow).

0300jh JeanneHammel said...

Love! Love! All the SP focused coverage and commentaries! Sure do wish you all the best and success in defending your titles!! Go SPK!!!

Nessmuk said...

Believe me, we LOVE the unapologetic SPK focused coverage.....you folks ROCK!!! Thanks for all the links to assure we get the most YQ coverage that we can!! Please stay warm and safe travels to the SPK Teams and Crew!! I LOVE this sport.....and SP Kennels bring it all to a higher level of awesome!!

Gaye Morgan-Walton said...

This is great and I 'll follow every bit of it! Running with you in spirit anyway!! Thanks for the fab coverage for your fans and friinds!

Anonymous said...

I appreciate the links all on this one post. I will be rooting for you as always. You have been my favorite team for years.
How cool is that to have an Instagram account! Your website, though, is what I like following the most as it is easy to look back on previous posts and do searches for past stories.
Run well, run fast, and know that at all hours of the night, you will not be alone as there will be fans like me watching your "bouncing dog" icon, mentally willing you to go faster.
You are totally awesome, as are your support team. I thank the support team in advance for the wonderful updates we know you will bring to us.

marilyn cozzens said...

Thanks so much for being willing and able to keep all of your many fans involved in the YQ. You are all so caring and dedicated to keep us updated. Thanks in advance. I will also be "glued" to SPK and all the other links. Go SPK.