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.
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)