Congratulations to Aliy, Lester, Boonie, Daisy, Amber, Violet, Driver, Iron, Champ, Sandy and Chemo, plus Chena and Sparkie at home, on their 2nd place finish, just as the sun was setting, in an exciting Yukon Quest 300.
The Red Team under Nordale Road bridge on Saturday afternoon soon after the start of the YQ300
Aliy will be so pleased with her young team; she wanted them to race a competitive 300 mile race and they have done just that. The one disappointment for her will be that Chena and Spark weren't there to finish the race. They are both very promising lead dogs and she wanted to see what they could do under some pressure. They will get another opportunity however so all is not lost.
We have no photos yet as Central has limited cell and internet coverage so we will catch you up when we can. The Yukon Quest Facebook page has some great pics from their reporting team on the ground so keep checking back there.
Thanks to Wes and Wendy for their great care and attention to the team. It makes a huge difference to have such a good handler crew that knows the musher and dogs so well. You can sleep soon!
Congratulations to Jessie Holmes in his rookie Yukon Quest 300! We hope everyone who raced achieved their goals and had a lot of fun. There were several different strategies in play for the top bunch of teams over the final two legs so it was a fascinating race to follow. It looks like Two Rivers will be well represented in the top bunch also which is exciting!
I will make use of some down time in the truck to Dawson to get Aliy's dog-by-dog wrap-up and get it to you as soon as I can.