"Big Red" -- as Aliy and Allen affectionately call the big Kennel truck -- is all loaded up with sleds, lines, harnesses, food and an amazing assortment of other gear. It's got everything they will need for The Sheep Mountain 150 Sled Dog Race this weekend. Everything, that is, except the dogs! We will load two teams -- 24 top canine athletes -- in just a few minutes, then hit the road for the first race of the season!
The race begins promptly at noon on Saturday, with Aliy and Allen starting early in the sequence of 50 mushers. They will then race 50 miles to Eureka Lake where they will take a mandatory five hour layover. After that they will race 50 miles around a loop back to Eureka Lake, where they will take another mandatory five hour layover.
Then, it's just 50 miles back to Sheep Mountain where we will look for Allen to cross the finish line first, with Aliy right behind him! The teams have been training so hard and doing so well that they really have a shot at it, despite what will certainly be tough competition from some other top mushers.
I have no idea what -- if any -- internet facilities will be available in the area, but you can be assured that if it as at all possible I will make posts to this Dog Log during the race. So keep your web browser glued to this page and refresh it often!
You may also want to check out the race information that is available at the Sheep Mountain Lodge website, and look for Race Updates here.
That's all for now, I'm heading out to help load the dogs...
We're going racing!