In the early hours of this morning Aliy and the Red Team crossed the "finish line" first in the Two Rivers Neighborhood Race followed very closely by Ryne Olson, Sebastian Schnuelle and Allen with the Black Team. Spencer and the R&B Team, Joanna Jagow and Jon Fletcher from Sebastian's kennel rounded out the rest of the line-up. Riley Dyche, racing a team of youngsters from Ryno Kennel took out the 50 mile event before resting his team then mushing home.
The race started at noon on Saturday with the eight teams setting off with a mass start. Mushers started in their sleeping bags, had to hook up their teams and mush from the parking lot! The route took the teams past the Pleasant Valley Store then looped for fifty miles around local trails including the Stiles Creek Loop. Ryne described the loop as "full of switchbacks, steep hills, beautiful views, and thrilling sled driving". Each team took a four hour rest back at the parking lot "checkpoint" then the route was reversed for the second fifty miles.
Thanks to Ryne and Derek from Ryno Kennel for organising the "race" and to Chase, Wendy and Mark for helping out! It was super fun and gave all our dogs a really good early season work-out. We're really pleased with how everyone did on their first test of the season.
More to come.