SP Kennel is fielding three teams in the 2017 Copper Basin 300! Allen will run the Black Team, Aliy the Red Team and Chris will run a Red & Black Team of youngsters in his first 300 mile race.
As with last year, the CB300 committee allowed the top 10 finishers in the 2016 race the opportunity to sign-up before they opened registration to all other mushers. This was because for the last couple of years the race filled up almost immediately and they wanted to be sure their defending champs and place-getters secured an entry and didn't have to sit on a waitlist hoping to get in.
Then it was a nervous wait for Chris to submit his entry once the race was opened to everyone else. We were really pleased to see his name amongst the 50 mushers that have entered!
SPK enjoys the CB300 and have enjoyed much success in this race. Allen and the SPK Black Team have won this race six times and finished in 3rd position last year behind Matt Hall and Ryne Olson. Aliy and the Red Team have finished in the top 10 on multiple occasions, including their best finish in 4th place last year. It is billed as "the toughest 300 miles in Alaska" and we would definitely agree. We've experienced extremes in terrain, in weather and in competition and it is a great test for musher, dogs and handler teams!
Last year's top four: Matt Hall, Ryne Olson, Aliy and Allen (Photo credit: Mary-Beth Schreck who was volunteering for the race and is Nomex's sponsor
So, look out for the all three SPK teams when the race starts on January 14th in Glennallen! We're excited!!