It is 11 AM AST. Aliy and Allen have taken the racing dogs on a final 20-mile training run , to stretch their legs and boost their enthusiasm. It is 5 degrees F above zero and the sun is dazzling. It is a spectacular day in Interior Alaska.
At 3 PM this afternoon, Aliy and Allen board an Alaska Airlines plane to Anchorage. Tonight they begin the whirlwind pre-race activities when they dine with representatives of Horizon Lines of Alaska, an SP Kennel major sponsor.
Tomorrow is devoted to Iditarod events….mushers’ meetings, lunch with each teams’ Iditariders, media sessions and, finally, the Starting Banquet when mushers draw their starting numbers.
Friday is sponsor day for the SP Kennel gang. Many thanks to these Anchorage area businesses for their support and hospitality. Any well wishers are welcome to ‘meet and greet’ Aliy, Allen and the dogs at the following venues on Friday evening:
Reilly’s Pub, on Fireweed 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Midnight Sun Brewery, on Arctic 4:30 to 6:00 PM
Hawthorne Suites, on 8th Ave 6:15 to 7:30 PM
News Flash: We are experimenting with posting podcasts on this blog. Click on the link to the right to see and hear Aliy answer questions about her goals for Iditarod 2008. Let us know what you think about this addition.