Boy oh boy, did we have fun! Training has been great here in Denali. We were putting in some long runs on the highway from Cantwell to Paxson, and happened to be sitting at the MacLaren Lodge when we heard a sled dog race was canceled over at Sheep Mountain. So began the Mush In Mush Out MacLaren 50. We put on a race with the help of Susie & Alan at MacLaren Lodge – which is 42 miles from Paxson and 92 miles from Cantwell. To participate, you had to “Mush In”, then race a 50 mile heat, and then when it was over you had to “Mush Out”. Ten teams showed up and everyone sure seemed to have a lot of fun. It made for a great weekend. Most teams traveled between 130 – 180 miles for the weekend. At night we sat around the fire place, bellied up to the bar, played pool, and watched George Attla’s documentary “Spirit of the Wind”. Many new friends were made, and a good time was had by all. I was the race marshall, vet, cook, clean up crew (actually all I did was say “3-2-1 Go!”). Alan & Susie did all the work. And a heartfelt thanks to them! We even took our office manager Carrie with us. Check out the photo of Salem helping her catch up on e-mails this morning when we got home. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!
As of 7:00pm on Saturday night, the results of the race were as follows:
Dave DeCaro* – 4 hr 38 min 0 sec
Sebastian Schnuelle – 4 hr 39 min 47 sec
Jason Reppert* – 4 hr 45 min 45 sec
Debbie Moderow – 4 hr 52 min 20 sec
Mike Santos – 4 hr 54 min 0 sec
Rudy Niggemeier – 5 hr 19 min 0 sec
Rich Corcoran – 5 hr 27 min 0 sec
Laird Crow – 6 hr 17 min 0 sec
Dave Treasure – 6 hr 24 min 0 sec
Gaetan Pirrad – 6 hr 26 min 0 sec
*Dave DeCaro & Jason Reppert are part of Husky Homestead’s Goose Lake Racing Team.