December 17, 2011 CDMA Junior Points Race #3 www.chugiakdogmushers.com Sprint: 1 Dog; 2 Dog; 3 Dog; 5 Dog; 7 Dog (Miles TBD) Beach Lake Trails - Chugiak, Alaska
MCDMA Points Race #4 www.mcdma.org Sprint: 4 Dog (4 miles); 6 Dog (6 miles); 8 Dog (8 miles); Open (13.2 miles); Junior 3 Dog (4 miles) Skijoring: 1 Dog (4 miles); 2 Dog (4 miles) Montana Creek, Alaska
Sled Dog Association of Scotland Darnaway www.sdas.org.uk/races Sprint: 6 Dog (2.7 - 6.5 miles); 4 Dog (2.7-5.5 miles); 3 & 2 Dog (2.7-4.5 miles); Bikejor/Scooter & Canicross (2.7-4.5 miles) Scotland, UK
We had been running about once a week since mid-October. Several ten-mile runs, and one twelve. I was hoping to run the third annual Thanksgiving Day run, but didn’t get an early enough start. So after two weeks since the last run, I loaded all seven dogs, including Alice, and drove to the trail head.Temps were in the low 20’s as we headed out. I paired Alice up with Logan, as she likes him. That left Nucky without his brother to counter-act each others pull, so he ran a bit out of line. We cruised along nicely until we came to three small trees that beavers had felled across the trail. I moved one and the dogs easily pulled me up-and-over the others. We made good time to the halfway point, turned around and had a drink and some snacks. But thirty-seconds is enough of a rest for these guys, and so we got back at it.
On the way back, I stopped to take a couple of photos of the “Into the Wild of Iowa” bus.
After running 9 miles, they were anxious to keep going after FIFTEEN SECONDS of stopping!!!!!!
Over an hour running, and they still have the energy to play around afterward.
In Alaska, the Montana Creek Dog Mushers Association is hoping to kick off their sprint season this weekend. According to their website, "The trail is in decent, but not perfect, early season shape...the chances for racing two days are very positive."
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