North Wapiti Siberian
Iditarod 2008 - Tales from the Trail
December 9, 2007
Upcoming Race Plans
One of the tasks that takes up a lot of our time
and thoughts in the late fall/early winter is planning our
winter season. That includes surfing the 'net looking for races
that might work with the teams training, checking driving
distances, finding handlers if Mark is unable to accompany me,
reading race rules and actual entering races.
Mark spends a good amount of time banking days and sorting out
his time off work to maximize the time he can be on the road
Well, weather and all else permitting, this is what we have
planned for the 07/08 Racing season -
January 4 - 6 - Flathead Sled Dog Days - Olney, Montana
2 - 50 mile day
January 10 - 13 - Seeley Lake, Montana
200 mile race
January 25 - Don Bowers Memorial Race - Willow, Alaska
200 mile race - 2 teams
March 1 - Iditarod
Will the exception of Iditarod, all these are new races for me.
The dogs and I are really looking forward to seeing some new
trail this year!! Always fun!!
The team is shaping up really well right now. We did a fast and
furious 31 miles yesterday with 2 teams (I ran 16, Mark 14) that
barely even winded the dogs. They were screaming for their
dinner and bouncing and bucking as we unharnessed them!
If the weather would cooperate a bit, I'd like to up them to 40
mile runs - as mentally and physically they are really ready for
Although, compared to the rest of North America, I don't think I
have any right to complain about weather! I'll take snowy and
-30 over what Alaska, Montana, the Yukon and other areas are
I spoke with Jamie Nelson in Minnesota the other day and she is
the only one I've heard reporting great trail conditions!
Anyway, we hope many of you will follow our races this season.
As always, we will keep you as up to date as we can!
Karen's Diary - Iditarod 2008 Edition
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