Hi folks! Just a really quick update for those waiting to know what's going on! The halfway stop at the Chena Hot Springs Rifle Range checkpoint saw Aliy and the Red team in 2nd place just 16 seconds behind the leader with a run time for the first 53 miles of 4 hours, 21 minutes and 40 seconds. Allen and his Black team left the checkpoint in 4th position just over four minutes behind Aliy with a run time of 4 hours, 25 minutes and 45 seconds. Meghan's runtime was 5 hours, 12 minutes, 44 seconds and she left the checkpoint in 14th position.
There are 23 teams in the 100 mile race and the expected time of the first finisher, whomever it may be, is going to be around 12.45-1am-ish. I didn't get to see anything of the teams but did catch up briefly with Aliy, Allen and Meghan who all said their runs went really well and the dogs look GREAT!
My Yearling team did such a fantastic job! I am so proud of them - at this point in time the final positions are not posted but I believe we ran the 53 miles in 6 hours, 8 minutes (ish). We did get passed by A LOT of teams but we also passed a few ourselves! I will write a proper race wrap-up and tell you all about my team of superstars in the next day or two - I've just popped back to the kennel to put the babes to bed, feed all those left behind, unload the truck then I'll head back down to Pleasant Valley Store shortly to catch the finish.
L-R: Meghan readies her sled while Pud, Waylon and Mismo watch; Chemo, Scout, Nelson and Quito wait.
By the time we get everyone home and to bed we will need some sleep ourselves so you may not hear from us for a few hours! Keep an eye on the Two Rivers Dog Mushers Assoc website for the results!