What a fun weekend! Husky Homestead had two teams in the Alpine Creek Excursions race this past Saturday, and they did pretty darn well! Jeff ran a 12 dog team, and our handler Stephanie Otto (running her FIRST race) ran an eight dog team. Stephanie departed the start just minutes before Jeff did, and after taking off full throttle Jeff shouted “don’t forget the brake!” haha! Jeff ended the race with a nice 1st place finish and an elapsed time of 4 hours and 50 minutes for the ~55 mile race, and Stephanie finished proudly with a fourth place spot with an elapsed time of 5 hours and 6 minutes! Congratulations to Jeff, Stephanie and all of the racers that took part in this first race of the season!
In more racing news, Jeff has signed up for the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race! Jeff enjoys running the K300, which is known as “Alaska’s Premier Mid-Distance Race – 300 miles on the Kuskokwim River from Bethel to Aniak and back”. In fact, he is a 9-time champion of the race! This year, he is heading back to Bethel to go after win #10! Stay tuned as we get closer to the race! This is the next race on the Husky Homestead calendar – and it is just 39 days away!
The dogs are off today, so it’s a project day for the crew: repairing harnesses, sorting and packing booties, getting gear and food supplies ready for another several days back on the Denali Highway this week.
Keep sending snowy thoughts our way!
The HH Crew