Sunday, November 30, 2014

My "Special Relationship" With Dingle by Macgellan

Like everyone, I was shocked and saddened by Dingle’s sudden passing. It’s always hard to lose a dog, some more so than others. I love all the SP Kennel dogs, of course, but I will admit to having had a few favorites over the years. Dingle was one of them. In fact, we had a very “special” relationship. Here’s our story:

In the December 2008 GinGin 200, SP Kennel ran three ten-dog teams with Aliy, Allen and Bridgett all on the runners. I was the only crew member on hand, and it was only my third race experience.

Late on the first night, I was in Paxson lodge after a 20-hour day of handling dogs, helping mushers, filming the action and posting to the DogLog. I was just about to put my head down for a nap when I heard my name called, followed by words a handler doesn't want to hear: "One of your dogs has just come back from a checkpoint."

I bundled up to deal with the -50 degree temps and howling wind — epic race conditions which resulted in this iconic picture of Aliy — then went out into the pitch black night. Being thoroughly examined by a race veterinarian was two year old Dingle!

Having been dropped from a race for the first time — in only the second race of his young career! — he looked perplexed and disappointed, but was visibly reassured when he saw me. I greeted him with a brisk pat and asked him, "What in the world, Dingle?!?"

Apparently, the flap we attach to the underside of the male dogs' wind jackets — to protect their "private parts" — had blown loose on Dingle. Being particularly well-endowed, the lad had been exposed to the fierce winds and had picked up a bit of "frost nip" on his, um, "Little Dingle."

After examination, the vet assured me that it was a minor “nip” and that he would fully recover with no problems. He would, however, require some special attention over the next 48 hours.

In brief, his treatment regimen had two parts:

First, avoiding internal infection by keeping him thoroughly hydrated such that fluids frequently flowed through the affected organ. Second, avoiding external infection by keeping the affected area thoroughly lubricated with a liberal amount of ointment.

That was all the instruction I received. With the all of the Kennel's actual dog experts out on the trail, it was up to me to figure out how to comply with the doctor's orders.

The first job was pretty straightforward. Although there's only so much clear water a dog will drink, there's almost no limit to how much "fish soup" an Alaskan husky will lap up. So, I got a cooker going and made Dingle a huge pot, mostly water with chopped up pieces of salmon and a little kibble for flavoring. Every hour I fed him a big bowl of it, then walked him until he relieved himself of the previous dose.

Besides being time consuming and a bit of a drag to be outside in the dark, cold and wind half the night, the hydration order was easy to accomplish. I would do anything for the dogs, especially for my little pal Dingle.

Saying I would do anything for Dingle brings me to the second job. At -50 degrees, the ointment/salve had the consistency of clay, not something you can just dab on with a gauze pad. In order to apply it, I had to briskly knead it in my hands while inside the lodge, then run outside and manually massage it onto his booboo.

Picture yourself in the arctic night, massaging a dog's private parts every hour and you probably won't even come close to how ludicrous it seemed to actually be doing it!

The first time I did it, Dingle was more than a little surprised. After that, I swear the cheeky rascal smiled at me every time he saw me coming out the door.

Various humans couldn't resist getting in on the act, taking turns to make comments on my activities.

One grizzled veteran handler got a laugh out of everyone — and even a grin from me — by declaring, "You've sure got a special relationship with that dog!"

It was worth it, of course, for Dingle to make a full recovery, even despite forever being chided by various members of the mushing community whenever they saw me with the SP Kennel team: "Hey, which dog is your special friend?" If they only knew.

Dingle was very much my special friend, and not just because of our weekend in Paxson. It's always a risk to anthropomorphize a dog, but with him I'm proud to do it: Dingle and I have a lot in common.

Other dogs were flashier and more famous, like ChaCha, Quito, Nacho and other superstars of the Kennel. Dingle was a quiet, competent, hard working dog who rarely got — and never sought — the limelight. Being good at his job was its own reward.

Everyone who knew Dingle always knew he could be counted on to do his job, to do it well and to get it done. He always had a smile on his face!

I like to think of myself that way, or at least aspire to his level of quiet, solid, reliable performance and positive attitude. Dingle was my role model.

This is my favorite photo of Dingle. It's how I will always remember him.

Farewell, my special friend... Thank you for the honor, privilege and great pleasure of knowing you.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving - Fan Club Draw #4

Congratulations to our latest winner of the Fan Club draw - Charlene Kellerman from Pennsylvania. Charlene is a fan of FIVE and wins this fantastic SP Kennel tote bag and some other goodies!

Five and his siblings had a tough start to life but they are now thriving! Five can eat… boy he can eat! He gets that from his father, Clyde, who is well known in the kennel for eating everything, voraciously. This is an excellent trait for a sled dog!

We are thankful to you all for joining the Dog Fan Club! The next Dog Fan Club winner will be announced on December 12th and everyone who hasn't already won and all new members will be in the draw to win.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Day for Thanks

The challenges of life surround all of us, everyday. We all suffer loss, misfortune and unhappiness. Despite all of this, we still feel that we are fortunate for everyday that we are alive and living to the fullest.

Today, on Thanksgiving Day, we would like to thank all of you who have carved out a special spot in your hearts for: our dogs, our mushers and our adventures.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dingle Remembered

It is with very heavy hearts we share with you the sad news that Dingle passed away unexpectedly last week. He was just eight years old.

Dingle had been taken out of training because Aliy had noticed that he didn't have his normal pep and energy. He had a wellness exam vet appointment scheduled for the next day. However, his condition changed rapidly during the afternoon and he died peacefully upstairs in the house; laying on a dog bed with Spencer caring for him.

An autopsy showed that Dingle had developed a mass in the right ventricle that became dislodged and caused acute cardiac arrest.

Everyone that knew him has used similar words to describe him: the strong, silent type who never sought the limelight and cheerfully got on with his job. An honest, hard-working, patient, knowledgeable dog who had more recently taken up the role of mentor to a new generation of SP Kennel lead dogs. He was gentle, sweet and affectionate. He stole many hearts and those hearts are all broken this week.

Dingle had an extensive racing history, running the Iditarod six times, the Yukon Quest 1000 once and the YQ300 twice. He ran the Copper Basin trail three times and had a multitude of other mid-distance races under his harness. He was truly one of the best SP dogs ever!

His most recent race was in the Black Team for the 2014 Iditarod where he was a superstar, leading the team at both the ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage and the re-start in Willow. He contributed so much to the team until Ophir where he left the team due to a tender shoulder muscle.

L-R: Leading the Black Team with half-brother Beemer in the 2014 Iditarod Ceremonial Start (photo Mary-Beth Schreck); Leading the Red Team with Quito during the Iditarod 2013 (photo Sebastian Schnuelle)

We asked the SP Kennel Crew that knew him well to share some favourite memories and stories about Dingle.

Aliy has only three framed remembrances in her kitchen: a photo of her first sled dog puppy ever born, Rubia, playing with her Mom, Roller; a photo of her first Yukon Quest dog team climbing a windblown summit in 1998; and a photo of Dingle and ChaCha, his Mom, leading Aliy's team in the Iditarod. She says that the Dingle she knew was an inspiration.

Allen remembers the 2009 Iditarod, when dog teams raced against each other as well as an intense snowy blizzard. This was Dingle's first Iditarod as a 2 year old novice. Allen's two leaders through the storm were: veteran All-Star, Hoss, and a small, hard driving, dedicated youngster named Dingle. In their combined effort they "gee-hawed" over moguls and around enormous snow drifts for 150 miles on the Yukon River. Allen knew right then that Dingle would be an elite member of the SP Kennel team with his 'never give up' attitude.

Bridgett (right, with Dingle at the start of 2014 Iditarod) remembers Dingle for his "silly yet gentle and loving personality. Always wanting to please. I remember him as a pup! Mostly because I wanted so badly to name him Silver because as a pup his coat was thick of a beautiful shiny silver color. He was a fur ball! However, his name came about thanks to Scotty and Aliy getting seriously tickled one day when that beautiful silver hair had a huge dingle berry (poop) on it - yuck I know. And from that day forth he was and will always be remembered as Dingle :).

I loved every time he made it to Nome! He was always welcomed inside and would sleep on the couch ;). I was blessed to know him as a pup, yearling, train with him, see him finish many races bringing strong teams across finish lines and fortunate to race with him! Forever loved Ding Ding.

Kennel Mom (Mickey) tells us about springing Dingle from prison - see her story below.

Meghan had Dingle in her team for the Copper Basin 300 in 2014 and trained hundreds of miles with him during the last two seasons. These are her thoughts: "My favorite memories of Dingle aren't dramatic. That wasn't Dingle's style. He was understated and enjoyed simple pleasures. Dedicated and reliable as sled dogs come, Dingle also knew that the good life includes some quality time on a warm dog bed upstairs with the humans.

I love that Dingle was happy to run 1,000 miles at subzero temperatures, but insisted on riding in the cab of the dog truck on the way to the race ("Umm, I don't do dog boxes... didn't you get the memo?!")

(Above: Riding in the cab with Meghan on the way to 2013 Iditarod)

Ryne from Ryno Kennel knew him very well, having trained with him over many seasons. He raced the 2014 Yukon Quest 300 with her team of up-and-comers. This was her recap of the race: "Dingle, from SP Kennel, was the man. With multiple 1000-mile races under his belt, he brought much needed maturity to the team. His Gee/Haw response was instant, unless of course I was wrong and then he’d correct me."

Dingle (with Lester) at Mile 101 during the 2014 Yukon Quest 300

Wes and Wendy remember him as the best cuddler in the kennel. It was hard to walk past his house and not stop to give him some love. On one hand he was a tough, no-nonsense sled dog but on the other he had such a soft and gentle side it seemed like a contradiction. He took after his Mom ChaCha in that respect.

Moira was glad to have him in her team for the 2013 Two Rivers Solstice 50 :"It was my first 'proper' race, and the first race for the seven yearlings I had in my team so I was nervous. Spoog was fairly inexperienced as a leader at that point but luckily Dingle was my other leader. He calmly led all of us through many new experiences and respectfully ignored me when, in my nervousness, I got my Gee/Haw mixed up - I swear he could read trail markers!"

Macgellan had a "special relationship" with Dingle and will write a separate post so watch for that in the next week or two.

Alice van Dorn has been Dingle's sponsor since January 2010 and has been following his fortunes closely since then. She and her husband, Art, met him numerous times and they enjoyed each other's company. We feel for Alice at this time also.


Springing Dingle from Prison

Dingle was not only a tough, smart, dedicated member of SP Kennel, he was also experienced, calm and trusting. He was a role model for all. Below is our Dingle story:

Hiland Mountain Correctional Center
Eagle River, Alaska
March 2011
1:30 AM Alaska Daylight Time
Negative 15 degrees F and windy

Doug and I had spent the past five hours helping the Iditarod pick up 69 dropped dogs at the airport, load the dogs into SP's F-350 dog truck and transport them to the local women's minimum security prison, just outside of Anchorage. Here the inmates temporarily care for our precious dogs. (See blog post, 'Prison Dog Drop').

On this blustery March night, Iditarod volunteer Veterinarians met us at the prison where, at about 10 pm, they began the exhausting task of examining each canine athlete in a huge, illuminated open shed. We waited for the 5 SP dogs to be released to us, so we could take them back to our hotel and, ultimately, to their home.

The vets started methodically checking the animals at the front of the shed, closest to our truck. In the first hour we loaded Chica and Oddball into our truck. In the second hour we welcomed Bonita and Snickers. In the third hour, no one! It is 1 AM, where is our 5th dog?

Farthest from us and behind the work shed we could see a line of about 10 or 12 dogs in makeshift quarters, sleeping amongst construction equipment, waiting for the vets. There had been no room in the inn for these last few animals. They were comfy but they were surely 'out in left field'.

A little after 1 AM, I finally got impatient and asked if the vets could expedite processing of the final SP dog, so we could get our precious cargo situated for the night. I have to admit that I am not very happy outdoors in the wee hours at minus 15 degrees.

We were shocked to hear the vet say, 'Paperwork says we have one more SP dog named Dingo'. It was late and I was grumpy and cold. 'SP doesn't have a dog named Dingo! You mean we waited here for 3 hours and you don't have our dog!' I was disgusted and ready to bail.

The tired vet walked us to that line of 10 dogs parked amongst construction equipment. There were anxious fluffy grey ones, small wary black ones, young eager houndy dogs, all seeking attention....and, oh my gosh, second to last in line was our Dingle (not 'Dingo' at all). He sat there patiently staring at us, anticipation and appreciation on his face. 'Hi guys, it's me, Dingle! Can we go home now?'

After his vet exam, we loaded him in the front seat of the truck between Doug and me. He simply nuzzled us, curled up and fell asleep. Typical Dingle. We all knew he had just run 700 miles, been left by his team mates, been cared for by strangers, been shipped hundreds of miles in small planes, to finally end up nearly last in line in prison. Nevertheless, he was content.

I've often thought that Dingle exemplified the perfect athlete (canine or human) that night: HARD WORK / POSITIVE ATTITUDE / NO DRAMA! Come to think of it, that is Dingle in a nutshell.

We will sure miss you, buddy.
Kennel Mom

This is extremely hard on us all, especially, of course Aliy and Allen who shared over eight years of extraordinary experiences with Dingle, and Spencer who had gotten close to him this season. Dingle was very much loved and will be very much missed. We can't believe he has gone.

In Dingle's memory we have started a "Kennel All-Stars" page where we will spotlight superstar dogs that are no longer racing for SP Kennel. We'll detail their race history and tell you some stories about them. Dingle is the first "inductee" to our hall of fame.

Do you have a favourite Dingle memory? Please share it with us in the comments below.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Meat Saw Day

As you know, we feed all our dogs on Eagle Pack Dog Food from puppyhood to retirement. They thrive on this food and we are extremely happy to be in partnership with Team Eagle Pack!

To supplement the kibble we use various flavours of meat, either soaked as an extra flavouring with their meals or as calorie rich snacks during training runs and races (right, Clyde enjoying his snack at Carmacks checkpoint). We feed meats such as lamb, beef, salmon, chicken and BLT (NOT bacon, lettuce and tomato but the much more appetising beef, liver and tripe!!).

All of this meat needs cutting into snack-sized bites so today was our first of many "meat saw days" this season where we cut and bagged a few hundred pounds of meat to be used over the next couple of months.

During our research for Throwback Thursdays we came across a couple of videos which will show you a little about what happens on "meat saw day". Here is a link to a post called "Beef Flavoured Snickers" from Macgellan back in 2009.

Below is a video Ryne put together back in 2010.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Dog Sponsor Packets

It's that time of year again where we send out our individual Dog Sponsor packets.

This year it was a pan-Pacific exercise with Moira doing the computer-based work in New Zealand such as making the trading cards, glam shots and address labels for Aliy to print. Aliy then wrote individual letters to each sponsor then roped in Allen and Spencer to help physically put the packets of SP Kennel gear and other goodies together ready for posting.

Jeanne Schnackenberg's fantastic portraits turned into "glam shots"

As mentioned in our last Dog Fan Club post, Becky and the team at Pleasant Valley Store and Trailside Mail then helped Aliy with sorting and posting the packets all over the US as well as the UK and NZ. Phew!

Our dog sponsor programme is by far our most popular and in-demand programme. We are in the very fortunate position of having every racing dog, yearling and puppy individually sponsored and we have a wait-list for future sponsors.

We are often asked why we don't have more than one sponsor for each dog but we've always had a policy of "one dog, one sponsor" as we have had overwhelming feedback that it is important to our sponsors. People develop a strong bond with "their dog" and we want to honour that. Some of our sponsors have been with their dog for years, first sponsoring them as a puppy and following their racing career. Some have had their dog retire and have gone on to sponsor a new generation. Our sponsors become part of the extended SPK family!

THANK YOU to every single one of our fantastic dog sponsors! Check out our Dogs and Puppies pages for sponsor information.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WBW: Tatfish

It's been a while since we've had a Windback Wednesday / Throwback Thursday so this one is for everyone who enjoys a laugh! I don't know how many times I have watched this video and it makes me laugh out loud every time! Macgellen was testing a new camera back in December 2008 and caught some video of the teams leaving the yard. He also caught something else on tape…


While I've been pleasantly surprised, frankly, at how well my photo gear has held up under the demanding conditions here in the Interior Alaskan winter, I have to admit that it has been a bit of a struggle from time to time.

So, while I was in Fairbanks the other day I shopped for a camera that is more "purpose built" for the cold, snow, etc., than my existing gear. I found one by Olympus called the "Stylus 1030 SW" -- the "SW" stands for "Shock and Water Proof" -- and it is supposed to operate in temperatures down to -10 degrees. Hoping for the best, I bought it and determined to put it to the test right away.

As Aliy and Allen were getting ready to head out on a training run yesterday, I noticed a small rock in the Kennel's exit chute. With the claim of "shock and water proof" in mind, I propped my new camera down on the snow in front of it, hoping to get some footage from an unusual perspective. Actually, I was still just hoping for the best.

By now you know that the dogs are pretty excited to get going just before a run, some of them to the extent that we have to hook them up at the very last second or they will make a tangled mess out of the team. This is particularly true for Tatfish. For reasons that you will see, this little video is dedicated to Tatfish and my new camera, both of whom deserve better than they get!

Special thanks to Jonathan Coulton -- who somehow always has just the song I need! -- for the use of "Why Don't You Take Care Of Me?"


~ Macgellan

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Early Season Howler Available Now!

The season opening Howler is here! We hope you enjoy the first edition of the 2014-15 season.

In this issue we focus on early season training and discuss the progress of the yearling class.

We take a look at what's going on at the kennel during November and introduce a brand new kennel hotel sponsor!

Handsome two year olds Woody and Kodiak are in the spotlight.

Click on the image (right) to take you to the online version.

Yukon Quest Fundraiser

The annual Yukon Quest fundraiser was held Saturday evening in Fairbanks.

Several of the Mushers who will be racing in the 2015 competition volunteered to serve the crowd while wearing tuxedos. Dog mushers are not generally known to dress up in anything but big cold weather parkas, beaver mitts and wind gear, so seeing them in 'black ties with tails' was certainly a sight!

There was an auction, beer and wine tasting and amazing appetizers created by the University of Alaska/CTC Culinary Arts School.

It was a fun filled evening!

L-R: Mushers were dressed in their 'finest'; Allen serves hors d'oeuvres to Ms. North Pole and good friend, Dave Williams.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fan Club Draw #3 - Waylon

Congratulations to Debbi Robinson from North Carolina who has won this week's Dog Fan Club draw! Debbi is a fan of WAYLON who got some extra biscuits and treats today.

Debbi wins a T-shirt from Pleasant Valley Store, one of our long time sponsors. Thank you to everyone who has joined the fan club, we appreciate your support.

This week we've had an assembly line in force putting all the dog sponsor packets together. Of course, as our dog sponsors are spread all over the USA as well as in the UK and New Zealand, all those packets need to be posted! That's where our great friends at Trailside Mail and the Pleasant Valley Store come in. Thank you to the whole team at the Store who help us with not only the dog sponsor packets, but also Red and Black Team membership packets and the hundreds of letters from students during and after the Iditarod.

The next Dog Fan Club winner will be announced on November 28th and everyone who hasn't already won and all new members will be in the draw to win.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Play Every Day

The Alaska Play Every Day campaign shared its new school lesson plan on sugary drinks during a health seminar at Two Rivers Elementary School on Monday. It included a demonstration of sugar content in popular sugary drinks, along with a discussion of how sugary drinks affect a child’s health. This is a lesson plan that was also distributed to the approximately 170 Alaska schools that participate in the Healthy Futures Physical Activity Challenge.

Aliy brought Beemer as well as SP K retiree, Stormy, to the seminar. She talked about choosing water as the healthiest drink for her and her dogs. The seminar ended with a "mushing wardrobe" relay. The kids had to put on a fur mushing hat, a pair of goggles and beaver mitts then run through orange cones to the finish line. There they had to drink a glass of water then 'high five' their team mate before he or she could run the course. Both teams -- first and second place -- got awards. The awards were dog biscuits that were given to Beemer and Stormy.

Ann talks about sugar in soda and sports drinks. Aliy shows the kids her "secret" water thermos.

Play Every Day started three years ago to raise awareness about the health concerns of childhood obesity and to inspire Alaska children and their families to be physically active and choose healthy foods and drinks. About one out of three Alaska children is overweight or obese.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Comfort Inn Ship Creek

We are very pleased to announce that Comfort Inn Ship Creek in Downtown Anchorage is our new 'home in Anchorage'. This dog friendly (and people friendly) hotel will be SP Kennel's home during the Iditarod 2015. The location is absolutely perfect for the Iditarod dogs and mushers.

Aliy, Allen and Beemer stayed at the hotel several weeks ago and were absolutely delighted by the hotel staff's generosity and hospitality. Beemer enjoyed strolling the creek side trail just behind the hotel and 'claimed' many of the bushes surrounding the property. He is thrilled to bring his team mates back in March.

Beemer in front of his new home -- the Comfort Inn Ship Creek in Downtown Anchorage.

In addition to being SP Kennel's hotel sponsor, the Comfort Inn has offered a "Friends and Family of SP Kennel" rate. If you need a place to stay in Anchorage during Iditarod or any other time of the year, choose the Comfort Inn Ship Creek. Click on their logo below to go to their website and book a room. We will see you there!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Another Stunning View!

Another day, another stunning view captured by Spencer.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Grooming Dog Trails

There are many trails in and around Two Rivers. From October until May they are winter trails and are predominately used by dog mushers. The occasional snow machine enthusiast will venture out on the trail system but more often than not there are mostly dog teams. One of the nicest trails was 'closed' most of last winter due to severe overgrowth and snowfall - the willows and tree limbs made it impassable.

So, quite a few of the neighborhood mushers gathered together a couple of weekends ago and cleaned up about three miles of trail. We didn't get photos of the whole crew but we did capture a few hard workers:

Spencer 'gets crazy' with a chainsaw; Wes wrestles with a spruce tree; Wendy triumphs over willow bushes. All is a day's work!

Apparently someone thought it was a wise idea to drive a compact car on the dog trail this past summer. Matt Hall was able to jack it up and move it off the trail but dog teams will get used to mushing "on by" this strange trail hazard.

Tig surveys the rouge car from a distance; Jezzie was tail boss but let Ryne and Derek use the chainsaw.

The whole crew put in a lot of work - sorry no photos of Ryne, Derek, Chase, Riley, Aliy or Allen!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Bella Vista

This has to be one of the best views in the world! A 13-dog team chasing the last of the winter sun. Spencer captured this picture the other night during what he described as "22 miles of excellence".

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Copper Basin 300 Sign Ups

SP Kennel is fielding three teams in the 2015 Copper Basin 300!

With the race limited to 45 teams the race filled up in just eight minutes so we are excited to have our three teams compete in such a strong field. The race starts on January 10th - in just ten weeks time!

The Copper Basin 300 is tagged "The toughest 300 miles in Alaska" and there are many, many stories from this race that absolutely prove that to be true. This is what Aliy said about the 2014 race during a "pre game" post:

"The CB300 is known for it's mountainous terrain, rugged trail conditions and, often times, large amounts of snowfall and bitter cold. From year to year, the race route and the conditions vary - which makes the CB300 an unpredictable challenge. The weather always has a say and no one knows if the temperature will be 50 below zero or 30 above. Only time will tell.

SP Kennel considers CB300 a "true test" of our season of training, the dogs' fitness and a musher's savvy. Some years we have had great finishes and other years... not so much.

The race starts and finishes in Glenallen and goes through checkpoints Chistochina, Meiers Lake, Sourdough and Lake Louise. The exact route and direction changes each year and 2015's route is yet to be finalised. Check out the CB300 website for more information about the rules, the route and other interesting stuff! With a total of 18 hours rest to be taken at any combination of checkpoints (with one mandatory six hour stop somewhere) there are as many different strategies as there are mushers! It makes for interesting spectating as you often can't tell who is actually leading the race until right near the end.

As you may know, Allen and the SP Kennel Black Team (right) are the defending champs for this race. They have run it 12 times and are five time champs: in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2014 and have placed on numerous other occasions. Aliy is also highly experienced in this race and is excited to field a strong Red Team. Spencer is a CB300 rookie and is looking forward to racing the Red and Black Team in this challenging race.

The draw for starting positions was held this afternoon: Spencer is the first of our teams to leave the start line in position 29, Aliy starts 37th closely followed by Allen in 39th position.

Team rosters will be posted on January 9th so watch the Dog Log!

Check out the Copper Basin 300 website for more information (click the logo below)