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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Video from the Neighborhood Race

We need to thank Ryne and Derek for putting on the race and Lauri Lenahan for sponsoring the race. Here is a photo that Ryne took 10 minutes after the start. She was in the lead of the eight dog team race and it was a gorgeous afternoon!

A photo from Ryne's team looking back at the 7 race teams behind her.

Spencer in the green bag and Aliy in the red one are ready to Start!

The final times for the Two Rivers Fun Race were rather subjective since each musher recorded their own finish time (some remembered to look at their watch and others didn't.)
Aliy finished at 1:27AM
Ryne finished somewhere between 1:29AM and 1:33AM (depending on who's watch you go by)
Sebastain finished at 1:34AM (after circling Pleasant Valley Store twice as well as the local Laundromat. Either he forgot to pick up his mail or his dogs thought he needed a shower.)
Allen finished at 1:45AM
Spencer finished at about 2:30AM
Joanna finished at about 2:30 and 30 seconds AM
Jon finished at about 2:40AM
Riley finished as well!

When you have a "fun race" in the most competitive dog mushing neighborhood in the world it's really, really entertaining! There was no entrance fee and no rigid rules, but the atmosphere was competitive and even the sleeping bag Mass Start was pretty intense!
Here is a video of some of the start:

A huge thanks to Wendy: race timer and official wood stove quesidilla maker and Mark: dog wrangler and firewood enthusiast.


Cal OSME said...

Thanks for posting! Sounds like it was a great experience. Keep up the good work!

Ruth said...

Amazing start! Congrats to all!

Cheryl from Arkansas said...

Loved it! I think Allen had Aliy by just a hair but like a true Southern gentleman from Arkansas, he let ladies go first.

Dawn E said...

That was awesome! Aily and Allen racing off together! Did anyone else see the gentleman back off a hair and let the lady take lead? I might just be imagining it! Lol. What fun!

Nessmuk said...

Lol...that was great!! You all look to be having some fun and the dogs get a feel of some competition...a win/win weekend for sure! Thanks so much for posting the video and pictures! I can hardly wait for the next race!

marilyn cozzens said...

Love it, love it. Great start, Aliy you made by a nose. Tinder was looking good there. Thanks Spencer for putting him on the team. Thanks for posting & such a fun race.

A-town's Becky said...

That mass start, what a hoot.
I agree with Cheryl, Allen was quite polite on the start. At least one of Aliy's dogs, however, looked like it was ready to take off with just her :-)
What fun, thanks for sharing.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this tiny, however extremely elite test of mushing skills.
Hope all the four legged athletes who rested at home are doing well too.

Anonymous said...

SO much fun to watch! I laughed all the way through the video...can't wait to see them in person at Iditarod!
NC Sue

Anonymous said...

OMG my favorite sounds in the Whole world!!!!! good dogs and mushers. that was awesome thanks to Wendy and all. SP kennel rocks and thanks Ryne for the competition and Seb!
Padee Santa Rosa CA

Linda Toth said...

Great laughs while reading this post ..

Linda Toth said...

Ah, good steady Chica, patiently holding the line while Lydia goes squeaky toy bonkers

Margaret said...

Woof, woof, woof!!! Wonderful job all 4-legged racers!!! Quito teaching Kodiak to chill out at the start!

This is so funny!!! Thanks so very, very much to everyone involved in putting the "event" together!!!

SP Kennel is the best (followed by the other sterling, competo teams from Two Rivers) and props to Wendy for the quesadillas - awesome!!!

Barb, CO said...

Great clip, so many wagging tails and happy sounds. I think I will show this on the first day back to classes, citing it as an ideal. Thank you - it just makes me smile.

Lourdes, VT said...

OMG!!! How much FUN and good spirit! You know, I sometimes live 'vicariously' thru you!
Many congratulations :) :) :)

Mary Lynn Roush said...

LOVE the sleeping bag start. What a fabulous and fun community of mushers!

Anonymous said...

What a fun race! Love the rules! The dogs looked like they had fun too.
Thanks for the video.

Lauri Lenahan said...

Thanks for posting pix & video. Sounds like a great time was had by all. Could this become an annual event? The Two Rivers Neighborhood Race? The rules sound basic & oh so logical. The sleeping bag start was a great idea. I was happy to sponsor the race purse. If it is done again next year, just contact me.

Nathalie Barlet said...

This was great to watch, thanks !
It looked both very efficient (especially Aliy and Allen) and FUN ! :)