Amanda and team finished the Two Rivers 100 early this morning with smiles and wagging tails. Way to go!! After a nap, Amanda wrote up the following recap:
At 5:14 this morning after two approximately six hour long runs with a four hour rest in the middle the team and I crossed the finish line of the Two Rivers 100 in 6th place. At the finish line the dogs were still full of energy and excitement. They were barking, wagging their tails, jumping in the air and straining in their harnesses to go forward just like they'd done 16 hours earlier at the race start. During that 16 hours the dogs and I climbed Cleary summit, numerous large hills, crossed and traveled along rivers, creeks and miles and miles of scenic trail. We encountered soft and sometimes challenging trail conditions, long steep climbs and descents, other dog teams and numerous other challenges along the way. I couldn't be more be more pleased with this young teams performance. They traveled along steadily taking everything in stride and had a blast in the process. They climbed steep hills with out hesitation and seemingly tirelessly, and were very patient with me on my numerous stops to check and replace booties that had fallen off or worn out, and adjust coats and leggings. Some of the yearlings took turns in lead and the one who really stood out up front was Ewok. She charged down the trail with confidence and enthusiasm. And while still learning her commands she's well on her way to becoming an excellent lead dog. Ewok and CJ led the team for most of the second run.
The race trail took a little different route than the last time I ran the TR200(longer version of the 100 run at the same time) in 2014 so I got to see some new trail on both runs which is always fun and exciting as well as travel some familiar and enjoyable sections of trail.
The race was a complete success. We met all of our goals for this race which were to give the young dogs a fun, educational and positive first race and have a blast while doing it.
Here is one picture of the team during the first part of the race. I will upload more pictures sometime soon.
Thank you to Maliko for being a great handler and all of her help. Thank you to Ryne for the opportunity and dogs of course. And thank you to all of the race volunteers, fans and sponsors. With out you there would be no race.