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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)


Cal OSME said...

Good luck to all SPK teams! We will be cheering you on from Erie PA

Lisa & Charlene

Linda Toth said...

Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy.

Can't wait!

Anonymous said...

So excited!!!! :-))

Margaret said...

Can't wait!!! Thanks so much for letting us know!!!

Looking forward to cheering the three teams on, switching off black and red caps and maybe wearing both at once!!!

Woof, woof, woof!!!

Nessmuk said...

Awesome!! Bring on winter.....we are ready!! Nice bio write ups too on the CB300 website!! 3 SPK Teams to track....I can hardly wait!

Anonymous said...

Go SP Kennel!!!

Nessmuk is right - check out the news* about the CB300 - go to the link "mushers" on the CB300 website.


* Allen is thinking of Junior and Kodiak sharing duties in lead!!!

marilyn cozzens said...

Go SPK. It would be awesome if you came in 1, 2, 3. Looking forward to following all the races of SPK this season. Good Luck in Copper Basin 300. Thanks for posting info & revving up my excitement. Keep the snow coming! Any chance Tinder will get on one of the teams?

A-town's Becky said...

I see someone managed a picture of Spencer's face for the Musher's page, way to go!

Barb, CO said...

Three teams to root for! Oh my. Good look and warm wishes to all the feet/hands/hearts involved in this endeavor.

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