The Ceremonial Start is always so much fun. There were thousands and thousands of people lining the trail from 4th Avenue all the way to Campbell Airstrip. People were having a great time cheering, waving, BBQing, dancing... you name it.
We did have a very very close encounter with a moose along the trail and some of the smaller spectators got a little close but everyone got the finish line in one piece! Moira was pleased to stick all the corners!
Thanks to everyone who helped us today. Linda brought us breakfast burritos, Barbara took pictures, Will and Issac from Verizon helped both teams up to the start chute; Lindsey from Matson gave out fun Lead On merchandise and jumped onto the line when we needed an extra hand, Karolyn and Nicolle saw a gap and filled it, Bob scooped poop and provided the crew with yummy pizza (those two things are NOT related to each other); and Rodney provided some ballast. You all helped out the crew so much as the bib numbers were so close together it was potentially a handlers logistical nightmare.
Here is a pictorial summary of the day for the Red Team.
Champ and Dutch
Siblings Junior and Kodiak
Handsome Nacho; Spark and Aliy
With kennel sponsor Bob Huston; Under the start banner
Stopping at the Matson family picnic; selfie fun