We brought in the New Year at a sled dog race in Pinedale, WY. The race was 28 miles on both Saturday and Sunday. I ran a 10 dog team in the race and trained the other 6 dogs afterwards on Saturday. My dad was the Race Marshall. The first day was in the negative 20s, and it was really windy. We did the run in about 2 hours the first day, and about 2 hours and 12 minutes the second day in -15 degree and windy weather. The trail the second day was a little slower and soft because the groomer went out on it about an hour before the race start. The dogs did really well. It was purely a training run for us since the race is more of a sprint race, but we did get 10th place out of 13! The first day, I had my experienced leader, Otter, in lead with her 18mth old daughter, Bella, and the second day, I put Bella and Alice (the 2 sisters) in lead together, and they did great. Khufu, Super Cub, Neffertiti, Cessena, Tut, Jasper, and Kaycee all ran in the team with Bella, Alice, and Otter.
We have another race this weekend in Flathead, MT area. In this race, both dad and I will run in the 8 dog class.