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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Iditarod Start in Pictures

Here are some pictures from earlier today at the Iditarod Restart at Willow Lake.


L-R: The start chute; Aliy with her leaders Quito and Beemer as Aliy's dad Doug looks on


L-R: Aliy has a quiet moment with her Iditarod rookie Mac; Ray and Meghan change the sled runners on Aliy's sled; Chica, Olivia, Puppet and Scruggs await their pre-race salmon snack


L-R: Allen's packed racing sled; Viper has some words of wisdom for rookie Clyde


L-R:the Black Team gets their microchips checked by the vet team, the Black Team line-up



L-R: Red and Black teams in the starting chute

10 comments:

AK Michele RN said...

LOVE THE PICS!!! especially the one of Viper & Clyde! <3 Thanks for sharing...

Wendie said...

Great shots as usual. Keep them coming...PLEASE

Doreen Barrows said...

Thanx for sharing! All of us at Golden Corral will be cheering you on to Nome! Best of luck, girl!

Doreen Barrows said...

Thanx for sharing! All of us at Golden Corral will be cheering you on to Nome - the first to arrive!! You go, girl!

Fiona Callison said...

Thank you - we fans at distance really appreciate this effort to let us share those moments that matter. Love Viper's calm reassurance to Clyde. From the UK we are cheering both teams all the way to Nome!

Lisa B said...

Beautiful day, terrific looking dogs, great looking mushers, wonderful support crew - what more could you ask for??? Maybe for it to get a bit cooler...
Go SP Kennel teams! Run smart, fast and safe all the way to Nome - proud to be a fan and looking forward to cheering for you until the end. Good Luck.

Moosekahl said...

Love the pic of Vyper and Clyde! Also Aliy with Mac...not sure how "quiet" that moment was. Looks like Mac is talking to momma ;)

Dawn E said...

Go Aliy! You've got the team girl!

Lourdes, VT said...

Wonderful pictures! God speed to all!
I have a question, is the SP Kennel crew allowed to fly into some of the checkpoints to help or support Aliy and Allen in any way? (Just like in the Quest). I know nobody can touch or feed or assist directly with the dogs.
But what about helping the musher?

Anonymous said...

@LourdesVT, It's permitted to fly out and see the mushers at the checkpoint, but only to offer moral support and encouragement. Mickey and Doug, Aliy's parents, often try to make it to a checkpoint sometime during the race. This year they are heading to Rainy Pass if the weather is good. Sometimes it's when the musher takes their 24 hour layover, or in Safety/White Mt. which is accessible by snow machine if you go from Nome.

Most of us crew watch Iditarod Insider online! -- Wendy (at home/kennel in Two Rivers)