Final day of preparation

After preparing for 4 previous 1000 mile races and many more mid-distance races, one might think Ryno Kennel has these final days down to a science. Or at least an organized chaos. And though Ryne has run the Yukon Quest twice before (opposite direction), the weather, composition of dogs chosen for the team, and last minute race strategy always lend to last minute purchases and packing. As Derek spotted another musher in town yesterday purchasing snowshoes and a warm sleeping bag, Katy ran into town today to buy various supplies including replacement runner plastic, more gang lines, and surprise treats! (Did you all remember Ryne celebrates her birthday while out on the trail!) 

After a full week -- Musher's meetings, handler meeting, "Meet the Musher" open house, meet the "Quest Rider" luncheon, "Start & Draw Banquet", many trips to town, -- RYNO KENNEL is ready to rumble!! As you know, Ryne drew #8 for the team's start position, so that puts the Ryno Kennel on the trail at 11:21 AKST.  Go Ryno Kennel GO!!!

Please enjoy the following pictures from the week of preparation.

 Official Yukon Quest poster

Official Yukon Quest poster

 "Meet the Musher" open house

"Meet the Musher" open house

02 meet the musher.jpg
 Quest Rider luncheon with Jim

Quest Rider luncheon with Jim

 Start & Draw Banquet

Start & Draw Banquet

05 derek and ryne.jpg
 Catching up with Louise Russell of DogBooties.com

Catching up with Louise Russell of DogBooties.com

08 draw.jpg
 The Incredible Vet Crew who will help the mushers care for their amazing athletes. All these folks are volunteers, from Alaska, the lower 48, to Canada, Australia, and Germany. Thank you all!

The Incredible Vet Crew who will help the mushers care for their amazing athletes. All these folks are volunteers, from Alaska, the lower 48, to Canada, Australia, and Germany. Thank you all!

 Spare clothes kept dry and ready to pack.

Spare clothes kept dry and ready to pack.

 Liz packing more snack packs!

Liz packing more snack packs!

14 pack sled.jpg
 Never enough spare gang lines

Never enough spare gang lines

 Lefty dreaming of tomorrow

Lefty dreaming of tomorrow

11 start.jpg

Finally, and definitely a very appreciated, amazingly gifted group, a photo of the Yukon Quest  Official Visual Content Team who allow millions of Yukon Quest followers to live vicariously through them. L-R (back), Julien Schroder, Whitney McLaren, and Tracey Mendenhall Porreca. L-R (front), Seth Adams and Chance McLaren.

 Photo courtesy of Whitney McLaren

Photo courtesy of Whitney McLaren