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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Northern Lights 300

The Northern Lights 300 is on this weekend and, for the first time in kennel history, SP Kennel is fielding a team. Chris will be taking a very young Red and Black (R&B) Team on this adventure.



The race starts at Martin Buser's Happy Trails Kennel in Big Lake on FRIDAY* at 11am. The route is an "out and back" to the Finger Lake checkpoint, one of the Iditarod checkpoints. The route is Happy Trails Kennels (HTK) to Yentna Station (75 miles), Yentna Station to Talvista Lodge (45 miles), Talvista Lodge to loop up Skwentna River and back to Talvista Lodge (50 miles), Talvista Lodge to Yentna Station (45 miles), Yentna Station to HTK (75 miles).

There is a mandatory 6 hour layover (+ start differential) at Yentna #1 (outbound) and a mandatory 6 hour layover at Yentna #2 (inbound). An additional 6 hours of layovers must be completed prior to leaving Yentna Station inbound for a total of 18 hours.

From the race website: "The Northern Lights 300 Sled Dog Race (NL 300) is organized and managed by volunteers and is recognized by both Iditarod and Yukon Quest as a qualifying race. The race is designed to test mushers’ preparedness, endurance and skills in a remote, wilderness setting. The race assesses their ability to care for themselves and their dogs, and complete a challenging course in a competitive manner. The NL 300 relies on musher camaraderie, volunteerism, and excellence in dog care; promoting the sport of distance mushing in South Central Alaska."

We're very excited to add this race to his team's resume!

To follow along we will be watching the race website and Facebook page.

We'll post the race roster shortly - expect to see a lot of youngsters!

(*edit: originally said it started Saturday)

14 comments:

Dawn Engler said...

Yay. Another race to enjoy. Go SPK Go

Nessmuk said...

Wow...SPK is certainly having a busy race season....this will be 3 weekends in a row of racing action!! Cant wait to see what the youngsters can do on this 300 mile race!!

Margaret said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful news!!!

Chris deserved a shot at another 300 mile race!!! WOOF!!!

SP Kennel youngsters will shine!!!

Wish I could be there in person to cheer him on!!!

WOOF WOOF WOOF!!! And some graphics...

http://www.aboutweston/artnorthernlightsYQ2016
http://www.aboutweston/northernlights16

Anonymous said...

The 300 website seems to think the race starts Friday rather than Saturday. Am I reading it wrong and that is just pre-race stuff?

Cliff Michel and Family Sponsors of Junior said...

This is great news to learn that the young dogs will get more experience in harness while the veterans tune up for the major races to come. Go SPK!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful to be able to follow SPK in yet another race this weekend. Good luck to Chris and the young-uns! We'll be rooting for you down here in Maine!

Marilyn cozzens said...

Go Chris with the youngsters. Have fun & enjoy the trails.

Charlene&Lisa said...

Awesome! We will be following here in Erie, PA. And, we have been to Happy Trails Kennel, so it's rather fun to know where the start/finish will be. Have a great time Chris and youngsters! Hope it's a great experience for all.

Kathy said...

Good Luck Chris. Have fun and enjoy the trail!
These Youngsters as we know are very talented. Go SPK!

Lisa B said...

Good luck Chris! Have fun and teach those youngsters how to get it done. I'll be cheering you on and hoping that you have a great race.

Cindy Schaus said...

Yes!!! Have fun, run well and be strong youngsters.

Barb, CO said...

Great news for Chris, for the dogs, and especially for all of us cheering you on. Thank you so much for making the effort to run another race!

A-town's Becky said...

Here's to excellent weather and a fun race for all.

Linda Toth said...

Great, Chris! I am glad this is happening and you will be able to take your young team out for a 300 mile camping trip. I look forward to following your progress over the weekend.

Linda