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Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Morning Update - Anvik and Iditarod

Aliy is right now leading the Iditarod! At least, according to the current standings...

She went through Shageluk checkpoint at 4.05am and spent 15 minutes there before she started on her way to Anvik, the first checkpoint on the Yukon River. She has "blown through" Anvik, spending just one minute there, enough time to sign in and out. She has left someone behind at Shageluk so is now running with 13 dogs. The team must stop for eight hours at one of the checkpoints on the Yukon River: Anvik, Grayling, Eagle Island or Kaltag so I guess we can rule out Anvik! It appears Martin Buser has declared his eight hour layover in Anvik.

Allen is into Iditarod and has rested the team there for over six hours so far. It appears the stats have been changed and it shows he has 14 dogs so it must have been a mistake earlier that put him with 13 out of Ophir.

Even though we can't get much video of Aliy and the team out there on the Iditarod trail how about five minutes in Two Rivers? Go get a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy some video of the team running some local trails...



This was taken a few days before the Iditarod on one of the team's last training runs. The team is the same as it is out there now and it will give you an idea of what it's like to run with 16 of SP Kennel's supreme athletes. We have Beemer, Quito, Olivia, Rambler, Scout, Dingle, Scruggs, Chica, Boondocks, Nacho, Puppet, Mac ("MacDaddy"), Waylon, Willie, Biscuit and Tug ("Tug Boat").

16 comments:

Jenny Sundari said...

Go Aliy! U can win it!

Lourdes, VT said...

Go Alyi gooooooooooo!!!!!

Dawn from Maine said...

I'm SO happy I could squeal ....and nervous I can scream and take some tums! Go Aliy and you 13 beautiful puppies! This IS your year!!!

Moosekahl said...

Was completely confused at 4:00 this morning when I was seeing tracker on it's way to Anvik but the update says she was still in shageluk. Thanks for the run down!

Anonymous said...

Great video! Thanks for posting it! Rooting for Aily here in Texas

Anonymous said...

Stategically there is a good chance with this fast trail on the river to rest the mandatory 8 @ the end and this would fit with Martin resting @ the beginning. It might also be a good spot in Kaltag before the 'crossing'. Absolutely her game at this point. Go, the river spirit helps!!

Dawn E said...

The GPS tracker is the most up to date. If you look at standings, up top the time is listed and that is sometimes over 30 mins old. We know Aliy can move some miles in 30 mins, so watch that GPS! Go ALIY!

Mary from NH said...

Go Aliy and team! My family is cheering for you in NH. These updates help me because my 5th grade class is following the race,and I chose to follow you because you're a girl,were born in NH like me,and went to Penn like my mom. Hope you and the dogs are all doing OK.

Bob & Carrie Buffington said...

Way to go Aliy! WOOOOO! 500 miles in, and Allen looking good too 425 miles in! Go SP Kennels!!!!

Margaret said...

Watching the "tracker" and reading the experts' accounts, it seems to me that there are a few things to consider going forward:

1 - Number of dogs: there is one musher in the lead group left with a full team of 16 - does this matter?
2 - The race leader by TIME is Martin Buser, but he has the same number of dogs left as Aliy (13);
3 - I haven't figured out Buser's speed yet, but Aliy has certainly been consistent no matter how many team members are in harness. Slowing a bit, but I guess that's because speedy leader Olivia is kept back until later in the race so she can keep eating and not over-excite herself!

Speaking of getting over excited, I'm not sure I can hang in there on the edge of my computer chair!!!

Anonymous said...

Go,girl.Go! Go,go,go.don't stop,GO ! We are all pulling big time for all of you ~ Team Miller ~ eyes to the moon !

Eileen said...

Go Aliy! This is your year!

Anonymous said...

Team Miller again:
We get so excited about Aliy that we wanted to say how PROUD we are of the Yukon Quest Winner and those holding down the fort on the home-front...
You guys are simply awesome & inspiring...Go Team Go ~
and the dogs are so happy :)

Dennis Nielsen-Wisconsin said...

I hope Aly is taking her 8, two and one half hours to go and Martin doesn't seem to be going as fast as he thought he would. I sure hope that is the case. Go Aly GO!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on getting into Grayling & receiving those awesome mitts! Stay safe & keep your team pointed toward Nome knowing you have cheerleaders every inch. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I find myself checking where you are at odd hours of the day and if I'm up, night...GO ALIY GO.Its been a edge of your seat kinda race. Good luck to you and those amazing dogs! Looking forward to Willow arriving in my mail.
Sue from MI