By day I am an aquatic ecologist and by morning, night and evening I am the luckiest parent. Even more fortunate is my family’s engagement in dog driving. I am a new musher with only distance training miles and a sprint race for experience. I’d like to express the most gratitude to my wife for her support to me and her love for the dogs!
My wife, new girlfriend at the time, encouraged me to volunteer at the Marathon. On my first night at the Sawbill check-point, I was able to help handle dogs to their resting chutes and verbally guide mid-distance teams through the check point. I was struck by the energy and excitement the dogs, mushers, and spectators all shared in such a beautiful environment. During our honeymoon, unbeknownst to us, we ended up staying with with an Iditarod and Yukon Quest Veteran who started giving us dogs (4) to build our team. The love for the dogs, time in the wilderness, and a love for the cold are all what really synergized my interest into running dogs.
What a sled dog looks forward to most after a long day of racing is a nice bed of straw! But guess what happened at last year’s race? Someone stole all our straw right before the race start! Thankfully, great fans like you helped us out during the ﬁnal hour to provide this vital supply for our amazing dogs.
These dogs simply are the best – and we want to be able to continue treating them that way! Donations from fans like you make that possible. Would you ﬁnd it in your heart to help us out? No amount is too small in sled dog world!
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