The SP Kennel team has just returned from the Iditarod start banquet. Our team has really grown in the past two days and includes Ryne's family from all over the globe. It's been a lot of fun catching up with everyone, and meeting some for the first time.
The banquet kicked off with some down home country fiddle music, followed by the honorary awards, dinner, and the drawing of the bib numbers. Aliy and Ryne drew their numbers about two-thirds way through the evening. Aliy's bib number will be #14, which she states she has never had before. She's feeling comfortable there, as it will give her a good position to assess the mushers, the trail, and overall conditions to plan her race strategy throughout the race.
Ryne is bib #46, and leaving towards the end of the pack. This will give her a fairly firm trail, and a view of what the race strategies of the veterans will be. We'll have pictures from the Start banquet and other events on the blog throughout the next few days.
Both Aliy and Ryne, thanked all of the SP Kennel supporters and sponsors, including those of you following along on the blogpost, Facebook, and other media. Your dedication to the kennel is very appreciated. We hope you'll continue to follow throughout the next week as our lady mushers take to the trail! -- WB