Race schedule for 2019

Our first race that we are competing in is the Knik 200.  The Knik 200 we have raced in 5 previous times. In 2018 we finished in 8th place. The Knik 200 starts at Knik Lake, Knik, AK. Due to trail conditions, this race has been rescheduled for February 9, 2019 at 11:00. Come out and watch the start or follow the race on the Knik 200 Facebook page or their website: Knik200sleddograce.com


Our 2nd race that we are competing in is the Willow 300. The Willow 300 was out first time running in it in 2018 and finished in 6th place. The Willow 300 starts on Willow Lake in Willow on Thursday January 31, 2019 at TBA.  
 
 
Our 3rd race we are competing in is the Iditarod. We have taken place in 6 previous races and finished in 4 of them. The ceremonial start is in Anchorage, AK on Saturday March 2, 2019 at 10:00am. The restart is on Sunday March 3, 2019 at 2:00pm on Willow Lake Willow, AK. Date and time may change due to weather conditions. Come out to either start or fly to Nome to see us finish the 1,049 mile race!

Canceled due to poor trail conditions

Canceled due to poor trail conditions

The team is happy and excited to run!

Last weekend we finally got a race in! The team and I participated in the Goose Bay Tug 150 in Knik. We started in 10th place and finished in 3rd place, which surprised me as we haven’t made any 75 mile runs yet. The dogs handled it better than I thought. The 12 dogs I took were, Brown, Black, Yukon, Maple, Grizzly, Kodiak, Aspen, Leo, Marble, Slate, Willow & McKinley. 
The run to Talvista was nice with good weather and great trails, but some areas were a little slower. I snacked the dogs several times during the run. We arrived at the lodge in 2nd place, and it had started to snow already. I took care of the dogs and they all looked great. Once I ate and took a few hour nap, I fed the dogs again, bootied and off we went at 6:53am after our 8 hour rest. The trail was very soft with the new snow, and it continued to snow throughout the evening. It sure was a completely different trail from the day before, very slow, drifting, low visibility, still snowing,  which took us a lot longer than I thought it would. We also stopped several times to snack. Cim Smyth was in front of me and I could barely make out his tracks in some areas. The dogs sure got a workout. Slate was loaded in the sled about 50 miles into the 78 mile run as he didn’t seem to be pulling like he should. He was in the sled for about 10 miles until he wanted to be back working again. We made it back to Tug Bar with a happy, healthy team and musher!
Thank you to Tim Cornelius & Terri Cornelius for putting on the race, Louis Schrader for the trail work, the vets, all the other volunteers, Talvista Lodge for the great hospitality, GB Jones & Stacey Cardy, Tanjala Budy Eischens & Al Eischens for helping at the start and everyone else that helped out. Thanks also to Stacey Cardy and Amber Johnson for taking care of Oak, who was recovering from his injury. Without their help, I most likely wouldn’t have been able to run the race. Oak is doing good and is on his way to recovery.
As the team and I prepare for the 2019 Iditarod, I thought you might enjoy this action shot from last year's race. Photo credit to Eric Vercammen.

Countdown to the 2019 Iditarod

Snacking along the trail - Iditarod 2018

A few miles before the finish line in Nome, Alaska during the 2017 Iditarod. It took the team and me 10 days, 21 hours 30 minutes and 21 seconds to finish the race. The 10 dogs that went the entire race were: Brown, Black, Oak, Aspen, Kodiak, Grizzly, Yukon, Marble, Mckinley & Willow. Marble was the youngest on the team to finish. 
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