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Tustumena & Denali Doubles Wrap-Up

Greetings folks!  Iditarod 41 is just 7 days away!!  (Are you getting as excited as we are??)  Before we begin sharing our Iditarod posts with you, let’s pause for a minute to rewind back to the first weekend of February and take a look at Husky Homestead’s run in the Tustumena 200!

There were 34 teams signed up for the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race, and the two teams from Husky Homestead performed wonderfully!  Jeff made up some time over the final 50 mile run to the finish line and the announcer at the finish line was a bit surprised when Jeff crested the hill and arrived in 3rd place with a happy team.  Ellen Donoghue was so excited about her 7th place finish with a team that contained 7 one year olds, that she exclaimed “If I had a tail, I’d be wagging it!”  Both Jeff and Ellen had a great time at the Tustumena 200, and Husky Homestead would like to give a big thank you to the race as well as all of the volunteers that made it happen!  We hope to see you again!

A few pictures from the T200:

 

The 2013 Denali Doubles Sled Dog Race was a success!  Teams departed Cantwell as the sun was setting on Thursday, February 7th.  After traveling along the Denali Highway for 260 miles, battling some fresh snow and some unbroken trail, winds and snow drifts deep enough to swallow snow machines… the race concluded on Saturday with our winning team: Cim Smyth & Corinne Zurflueh!

Here’s your final 2013 Denali Doubles Sled Dog Race standings with “MVP Dog”:
1st: Cim Smyth/Corrine Zuerflueh – “Jane”
2nd: Mitch Seavey/Tekla Seavey – “Taurus”
3rd: Dave DeCaro/Ellen Donoghue – “Zig”
4th: Linwood Fiedler/Ryan Freedman – “Ms. D”
5th: Jessica Hendricks/Thomas Lesatz – “Killer”
6th: Jane Adkins/Jayne Hempstead “Chinook”

Sportsmanship Award: Adkins/Hempstead

All mushers were in good spirits at our banquet on Sunday… perhaps a little sleepy but still smiling!  A devoted Husky Homestead fan wanted to make sure that the dogs were rewarded as well, so she requested that we ask the mushers who their MVP dog was.  We thought it was a wonderful idea!  All finishing teams shared the names of those dogs with us at the banquet, along with a nice story about each dog and what there part was in the race.  It doesn’t take much to get mushers talking about their dogs!

Here are some pictures from the event!

Thank you to all of the volunteer that helped make the Denali Doubles Sled Dog Race a success!!  Thank you to our checkpoints Alpine Creek Lodge, Maclaren River Lodge and Paxson Lodge for all of your hard work and that of your staff!  If you ever find yourself on the Denali Highway, make sure to stop at these places for some great hospitality!

We’d also like to take a minute to thank our Denali Doubles Sponsors:  Cantwell Veterinary Services, Usibelli Coal Mine, Cook, Schuhmann & Groseclose, Inc., Kipmik Products, Inc., Rock-n-Roll Construction, Nenana Heating Services, Inc.First National Bank Alaska – Healy Branch, and ADF (American Dehydrated Foods).

Also a big thank you Trackleaders.com for the Spot Trackers for the Denali Doubles!

We hope to see you all back for another Doubles race!

 

That’s all for now, folks!  Stay tuned for updates on Iditarod prep and of course… what you’ve all been waiting to know… who made the team!

-The HH Crew

 

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