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Donna Newsletter – Part 15

Jeff and the team arrived under the burled arch just minutes after 11:00 this morning. I was able to watch the Nome web cam and see them cross the finish line. I called Rod on his cell phone and he held it up so that I could hear at least part of Jeff’s interview. He was complimentary and congratulatory about the other teams and thrilled with his own dogs. Kilarney and Dublin lead the team in with their sister, Shannon,in swing. He even talked about racing in Canada next weekend. He said that the dogs are still interested in covering some more trail : )

Dave reported that the team ate well and looked great as they rested in the Nome dog lot inside the dog boxes that Jeff had shipped up. Hopefully they will be on their way home tomorrow!

Jeff was eating lunch with the Cabela’s Crew, enjoying yet another latte from Mary’s espresso machine (no doubt!) and looking forward to a well-earned nap. He will have a bit of doctoring to do on his hands so the next few quiet days in Nome will be a great time to heal up.

Another successful race for the Goose Lake Kennel team! Thanks to all of you for your support and cheers!!


  1. Congratulations, Jeff!!!! Well done. You return to your family safe and somewhat healthy (hands??) that’s number one in my book!! I am gald that your canine team mates were all that you had hoped for in terms of perfomance and spirit. What a team, huh? I know this is hard to believe at this point in time, but I look forward to next year’s race!

    Donna did a wonderful job of keeping us posted as you made your way across the trail. Very professional!

    Wishing you needed rest! But if you race next week…have Carrie keep us posted!

    Happy Trails Always!

  2. Congratulation Jeff and your wonderful dogs! Great job!

    Donna, thanks for keeping us fans posted. We really appreciate it. The Iditarod site just did not give us much at all. I wish Jon Little still wrote for the Iditarod site!

  3. Congrats Jeff and team! We enjoyed watching and cheering you on.

    You have lots of fans at Central Elementary. Miss Kelly, one of my favorite little reheaded fourth graders, wrote that “Cool Hands, Warm Heart” was her favorite book and that you were her favorite author on her autobiopoem. You’re a pro and we all know it. Hope your hands are okay. You are a study in persistence, tenacity
    and strength.

    Donna, thanks again for your wonderful updates. Your perspective and insight put us right there where the action is. Good luck in your competitions.

    Hey Jason, your toes will be on display as part of our science experiment tomorrow. My school is having an Iditarod Extravaganza full of learning activities based on the Iditarod. I used pictures of your toes to create a photo display of what frostbite looks like at three stages. Your body parts are on display in a very good and useful way. Ha! Thanks for helping us out! :) Seriously, I hope your toes are well.

    Thanks for the great coverage of another great race and once again Congrats Jeff!


  4. Congratulations, Jeff!

    15 healty dogs under under the Burled Arch in Nome !
    That is quite an accomplishment !

    thx Donna for the updates !

  5. It was thrilling to watch the video of Jeff and team arriving in Nome and to know they had survived the weather. Congratulations Jeff and team. Very well done. Considering the wise decision to wait out the storm, 12th place is supremely respectable. Thank you Donna for your commentations and good favor and fortune on all the King family future endeavors. I am so looking forward to next year already.

  6. Congratulations, Jeff! It was thrilling (although a nail biter to be sure!) to follow this year’s race and we’re glad you and the dogs made it to Nome safely and in good spirits and health. Take care of your hands and enjoy the post-race festivities with your fellow mushers and friends. We look forward to hearing about your future endeavors and are sad that we have to wait a whole year for next year’s race!!

    Donna – Thanks so much for your insightful and timely updates – you’re a gem!
    Mush on!
    Dana and Karen Barber
    Baldwinsville, NY

  7. Way to go, Jeff & team! Your biggest fans along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi send warm greetings and congrats to another well-run race. Wow! Finishing with 15 dogs is quite an accomplishment…can’t wait until next year and you’re running pups that we met last summer! Regards to your family & the whole crew, and thanks, Donna, for the great job of updating us along the route!

    Jennifer & David Blakeslee
    Gulfport, MS

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