Allen and his team of 12 SP Kennel dogs have pulled out of the Solstice 50 Mile Race this weekend. He injured his big toe while driving a sled. Originally we thought he had broken his toe, but after x-rays, it's been determined to be "Turf Toe". This is a sprain of the ligaments around the big toe joint. It’s caused by jamming the big toe or repeatedly pushing off the toe forcefully -- sound like running up a mountain along side a dog sled? Yup!
The Copper Basin 300 Mile Race starts in only 23 days. There is plenty of time to rest and recuperate the toe. But, that means sitting out the 'Season Opener'. So, SP Kennel will only have two teams in the event this weekend. We are sorry to sit the 12 dogs out of the race, and they would probably do it with out a musher, but they will have to hold out for the Copper Basin 300.
As you can see… we think the dogs are READY to run!