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Thursday, February 2, 2017

YQ: Final Training Runs

It is always tempting to wrap the potential Yukon Quest athletes in cotton wool about two weeks from the race start to ensure nothing happens to them that might rule them out of contention. BUT, of course, that is the last thing you should do with sled dogs... they would go C.R.A.Z.Y!!

During the final week before heading over to Whitehorse, Allen took the team on a few longer runs, from the Two Rivers Checkpoint to the finish line. All the Two Rivers mushers will face a similar issue as they have to run their teams right near their kennels about half way through the last leg of the 1000 mile race. Therefore many of them train the final checkpoint run with yummy treats and a welcoming party at the finish to help try to head off any potential hesitation the dogs might have running through their neighbourhood.

Here's a quick video of them finishing one of those runs into town where Aliy and Ruth picked them up.


Anonymous said...


Nothing like a little planning to make things "run" smoothly!!!

Go Black Team!!!




Steve Parker said...

I know it will be a super finish in Fairbanks. Go SPK!!

Melissa Krahmer said...

I love the flashing light collars on the lead dogs. Go Black Team!

Kathy said...

Dog collars are fantastic! Go SPK---You are the BEST!

Lourdes, VT said...

Have a stellar run Black Team!!! You already are stars! Just continue the tradition!!!

Nessmuk said...

Practice makes perfect......Go SPK!!!

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