Husky Homestead is a blur of activity with the starting of the New Year! 1,500 training miles logged, and preliminary races lay behind and ahead. The first race of the season was the Alpine Creek Excursion – 62 miles right in our backyard and making use of the trails that Husky Homestead uses all winter long… the Denali Highway! Despite being distracted by helping to organize the race along with our friends at Alpine, our teams placed 3rd & 11th in a race mostly designed for camaraderie, sharing of information and anticipation and excitement for the serious racing that will begin for us later this month.
Yesterday flights were booked from Anchorage to Bethel for the famous Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race which begins on January 17th at 6:30pm. We are proud of our unprecedented race record at the Kusko – having won the event nine times in the last 20 years. There is no question that when the Husky Homestead team heads to Bethel for the K300, they know that we are there for business. This years’ race roster for the K300 is again unmatched by any lineup other than the Iditarod. In addition to our Husky Homestead team, multiple Iditarod and K300 champions will be pitting their teams in what is known as the “Super Bowl of Mid-Distance Races”. More information about the K300 can found at www.k300.org.
Today Ellen Donoghue and I will be leaving Denali headed south for the Knik 100/200 Sled Dog Race. This race is held in the Mat-Su Valley just north of Anchorage. A full field of 50 teams are signed up for the weekend, while others anxiously standby on the races’ waiting list. Our teams are picked and we are ready to race!
Ellen has team #1 this trip – she will be running the Knik 200, and I will be taking team #2 for the 100 mile run. Make sure to follow along online on their website at knik200sleddograce.com (there will be trackers!) as well as their Facebook page.
While we’re out on the trail, we hope you have a great weekend!
Jeff & the Team