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Monday, March 6, 2017

ID: Race Rosters

Here they are! The race rosters for the Iditarod.

Aliy will lead out with Junior and Kodiak, Izzy and Dutch in swing, Violet and Commando, Woody and Mismo, Amber and Spark, Rodney and Schmoe, Champ and Driver with Iron and Felix in wheel. She has two Iditarod rookies in Woody and Rodney. This is a climax to a stellar season for Woody.

Rodney and Woody are Iditarod rookies

Allen will take Chemo and Waylon, Chipper and Chena in swing, Scout and Lydia, Scooter and Tinder, Olivia and Willie, Hotshot and Nomex, Five and Outlaw with Scooby and Clyde in wheel. Allen has three rookies in Scooby, Five and Hotshot and his most Iditarod experienced team members are "Big O" - Olivia and Willie having both raced in six each. Scout has raced eleven 1000 mile races and Waylon nine.

Rookies Five, Hotshot and Scooby

Click here to see more information about each athlete.

This ended up being a very difficult decision, especially for Allen who was still tossing up between two dogs until this morning. Experience vs enthusiasm... he went with enthusiasm.

There are a lot of great dogs back at the kennel and for various reasons they are not on one of the teams for the race. Either they have not recovered 100% from a previous injury, don't have enough miles to complete 1000 miles of racing, are not quite ready or maybe just weren't up for it this time. We appreciate a number of dog sponsors and fan club members will be disappointed but we want you to know "your dogs" have contributed to the success of the teams throughout the season and are being well cared for back at the kennel. They will enjoy spring mushing around the trails of Two Rivers and maybe even get to sleep on the bed (shhh don't tell).


Dawn Engler said...

Awesome team rosters. I've been waiting for this post with almost as much anticipation as following the tracker. It's as if NOW it's game time. Don't know why...watching all the footage and livestream of the Ceremonial, you would think I get it.

I'll be watching the start and finish with the same enthusiasm as always...but this year...well, you know. GO ALIY!!!!!!!!
(Love you too Allen)

Wishing you all safe trails, healthy bodies (dogs & humans), and a happy, fun race. Got my hoodie on! (And Decaf is routing for ya'll too...no worries)

TRAVEL said...

Have a Great race Aliy & Allen, Your RACE ROSTER, is Excellent.
Follow You both via Iditarod Insider, from Florida.
Look forward for the Race.

God please You both & the Teams.
Hi, From Florida.

Heidi Phillips said...

Two GREAT teams ready to mush down the trail to Nome! Best wishes for a safe and speedy run. Go get'm Aliy, you got this!!!!


Akbird said...

Aliy and Allen are masters at this sport. Though we are sad Bean didn't make the cut, we know you always make decisions which are best for the dogs. Be safe and have great races! Northern Lights Academy will be cheering you on at the start and watching the computer!

Steve Parker said...

What incredible teams to take you down the trail. Bon Voyage to all of you on your trip to Nome. We are fans of Commando, Chena and Hotshot and all three get to be part of the event. Safe trails Aliy, Allen and teammates!!! A big Montana cheer goes out to all of you.

Margaret said...

WOOF WOOF WOOF!!! Thanks so much for this news!!!

Ready to rock and roll back here in Weston CT - got my red and black on and going to the doctor later to check out my "refresh" finger!!!

Love all of you - especially the four legged athletes - hey, and how awesome is that to have Waylon The Smooth strutting his stuff - awesome!!! And Black Team has ALL CHACHA-related doggies (except for Chipper.)

Eight of 10 active members of Olivia's FIRE LITTER in action on the two teams!!!

WOOF!!! "Attitude" and they just keep moving forward!!!

Susan McCandless said...

Looking at the rosters made me happy this morning. Hopefully both teams can travel a little closer together this year. Everyone ready??? Go SPK! ( and Zirkle On, Aliy. ;) )

Barbara Hartman said...

Sorry Torch and Wedgy. As the only ones from their litters not to get off the bench this year, I'm sending you some special treats. Good luck SPK, have great races.

Nessmuk said...

Awesome line ups for the RED and Black Teams! Now I just got to get out of work so I can watch to restart! Super excited about Woody and Rodney! GO SPK!!!

Carol said...

God bless you all!

Anonymous said...

Sorry for Daisy .๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ฅ..but hoping for a sleep in on the bed and extra cuddles and treats from us ๐Ÿ˜˜.Have a great adventure and Happy trails ❤️๐Ÿ–คAre the best ....finger at the ready Go swift runners Aliy and Allen and the the wonderful ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพathletes of SPK ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปOh and another hug to Daisy ๐Ÿ˜˜. Denali ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ and Joanne , Melbourne , Australia๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

babs said...

SP Kennel Red Team & Black Team, be well, be safe, be swift! woo wooo to the dogs, with an extra large wooo thrown in for young Five!! see y'all in Nome!

Margaret said...


There's both off!!!

Go Red Team!!!

Go Black Team!!!

Kathy said...

I picked 11 of 16 that ended up on Aliy's team. Was kinda surprised
Olivia is racing on Allen's team but how wonderful!!! Thanks Margaret
for noting that 8 of 10 active Fire Litter are in action on both
teams. How SWEET! Go Get'Um Red & Black!

Joyce Johnson said...

This year I am pulling for Aliy for #1. She should/would have had it last year. Hugs and Prayers for a safe journeys for both Teams! What a delightful race to enjoy each year. I have followed since 1993. Best wishes from Bellevue, WA. ��

Anonymous said...

Always trust Allen and Aliy to pick the best selection for their teams. Am excited to see the race events this year as I am every year.
Go Red and Black teams!!!
Will be cheering you on from down here in Florida!

Charlene&Lisa said...

I was so happy to see this earlier today (only getting to comment now). Thrilled to see Rodney and Five (you know he's "my guy"!) WIshing you safe travels. Will be praying for safe journey. All our best!

Patricia Lewis said...

Psyched to see Scout still in the game. He's awesome.

Go teams!

Marilyn cozzens said...

Awesome teams. Mush swiftly, safely, & in good health. Aliy hope this is a joyous race for you. It would be fabulous for both SPK teams to reach Nome in the top five!

Margaret said...

IIRC...All but Chipper (Quito her Mom) are ChaCha's children or "grandchildren" - WOOF WOOF WOOF. She had litters 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011

Chemo - Bubba is Daddy (Honkey Tonk Litter 2008);
Waylon - Honkey Tonk Litter 2008
Chena - Fire Litter 2013
Scout - Car Litter 2007
Lydia - Olivia her Mom (Car Litter 2007)
Scooter - Ranger (Car Litter 2007)her Daddy
Tinder - Fire Litter 2013
Olivia - Car Litter 2007 (although I've always thought Olivia could lie about her age and say she is from the Honkey Tonks (named after Olivia Newton-John)...
Willie - Honkey Tonk 2008
Hotshot - Fire Litter 2013
Nomex - Fire Litter 2013
Five - ChaCha's son Clyde his Daddy 2014
Outlaw - Clyde's brother, 2011
Scooby - Clyde's son 2014
Clyde - ChaCha his Mommy 2011

Watch that leaderboard - Red and Blacks both moving up!

A-town's Becky said...

So exciting!

Fantastic rosters.
I'm so exited for all the dogs, especially Violet. Make Aliy proud girl!