The first race of the 2011-12 season is coming up this weekend, the 15th through the 17th, in West Yellowstone, MT. This race, the Rodeo Run, is 20 miles with 8 dogs on Friday and Saturday. Thursday night are the pre-race festivities and drawing for start position. Friday and Saturday the first team will head out at 9:00 am. In 2009, I ran in the 6-dog 7 mile class at this race with my dad's older distance team and got 2nd place. In 2010 with my team, we received 7th place in the 8-dog 20 mile event. Last year, we received 6th place in the 8-dog class. As of right now, there are 11 other mushers signed up for he 8-dog class, but entries do not close till Thursday evening so more could come. The 8 dogs I will be running in the race are:
Bella ~ Alice
Otter ~ Super Cub
Emmett ~ Jasper
Kaycee ~ Ra
We'll be training today and tomorrow, and then head down to West late Thursday morning. Wish us luck!