During the holidays, we've had a big rush of new adventure seekers going for rides with us at the Mushing Co-op! We do a few different types of tours ranging from 2-Hr Chena River rides to 4-Hr Aurora Tours to expeditions (in the spring). For the dogs, this a great opportunity for them to get a little extra attention, meet lots of new people, and practice camping (especially on the 4-Hr Aurora tour when we mush out to our campsite and stay for a couple hours waiting for the aurora). Typically I bring the yearlings on these tours; however, the rides are also great stretch out runs for the adults after we do a long training run. At night after the tours, the adults and I head out for longer runs in preparation for the Copper Basin in just a couple weeks!!
We had a fantastic time yesterday competing in the Solstice 50! We finished in 6th place with a happy dog team who were still slamming their harnesses at the finish line! I call that a big success. Liz had a fantastic race as well. She stopped for 1 hour 15 minutes at a camp about 30 miles into the race. Since the yearlings did not have much experience running longer distances, this was a courtesy stop for them, but they thought it was just a waste of time! Crunch ( a two-year-old) led the entire way with Niagra and did very well. Overall, it was a blast!
Here are a couple videos from the trail.
We're kicking off the 2017-2018 Race Season with the Two Rivers Dog Mushers Association Solstice 50!
With all the snow in Two Rivers, the trail will be taking a new route up over the highest hills outside of Fairbanks. Recently we ran the trail and took a short video of the incredible views!
Both Liz and I will be running in the Solstice 50 with Derek and Tyler helping us take off! My team will be:
Katy & Goblin
Boone & Drummer
Cartel & Perm
Yuker & CJ
Wingman & Lefty
Supai & Drake
Liz will be running a mixture of adults and yearlings. Given the strenuous course, she'll be taking a short break about 35 miles in, mostly for the yearlings. Her team will be:
Niagra & Crunch
King Louie & Belle
Wombat & Uno
Gringa & Coot
Flash & Blitz
Our good friend, Mari, with ATAO Kennel (http://ataokennel.com/) will be running Nile and Vanessa in her team. Let the races begin!!
Even though we're a few months into the season, I realized I have yet to introduce the Ryno crew this year! Liz and Tyler are helping us with chores, training, and building- so a BIG thank you for all their hard work!
Liz has been focusing on training the adults and will be running in the Copper Basin 300. Tyler has been training the yearlings and will be running in the Two Rivers 100. To learn more about Liz and Tyler, check out their bios under the "Mushers" tab. I can't say thank you enough for their love and care for the dogs and continual help at Ryno Kennel!