And the winner of the Loudest Dog Team is.......SP KENNEL!
Yes, the enthusiasm of the yearlings at the start and finish of the Burger Run, combined with Ranger barking the whole way down the trail earned us the Loudest Dog Team (and 2nd place although no one was counting).
Overall, the Burger Run was a success. We got off to a great start with the help of musher turned handler, Aliy. It was a mass start, with the dogs beginning in harness tied to the truck. After the race marshal hollered "Ready, Set, Go!" all the mushers and one helper each ran to their trucks, grabbed their dogs, and hooked them to the gangline, then took off. Lucky for us, Aliy got the team out before we were caught up in the chaos and tangles of the other teams! Once on the trail, the yearlings exceeded all expectations, pulling hard the entire way. Even when passing teams (or being passed) the yearlings were unfazed. The only hiccup was the first pass when Scooter, in all the excitement, backed out of her harness and frolicked around until she realized she didn't recognize the dogs in any of the surrounding teams. ChaCha and Stormy were my superstar leaders, and they couldn't have done a better job. It was a perfect trail (no water), perfect team, and the weather was even warm (-20 instead of -40).
And what better way to celebrate than a delicious hamburger?