Sunday, August 14, 2011

Yukon Quest

At long last I will get to run the Yukon Quest - a 1,000 mile dogsled race from Fairbanks, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon. So on February 4, 2012 I'll pull the snowhook and make my way over three summits and along the Yukon River to the finish line. There will be snow of course and wind and temperatures possibly as low as 50 below or colder. Sounds like a hoot doesn't it?

The trail follows an old mail route, hearkening back to a time when freight was still delivered by dog team. It also mostly the same trail that legendary Japanese musher Jujiro Wada blazed to Dawson to spread the news of a gold strike near Fairbanks. I love history so why not run a race built on history?

The next few months will be pretty intense. Training, training and more training. And spending money. Lots of it. Running a race like this is not cheap and so in the next couple of weeks I hope to have some creative ways posted on here for folks to sponsor my efforts.

I'll be training 29 dogs of which 14 will be at the starting line. Spud, below, will not be one of them. He is directionally challenged poor thing.

Look for a complete list of dogs and other cool stuff in the next couple of weeks. We're winding up our season here in Juneau so I'll have more internet time. Until then, you can check out the race site at