The Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race is this weekend!
Allen has won the CB300 in three of the past four years, and with his back-to-back wins in the last two years he is looking to "three-peat"!
The pace here at the Kennel is at full speed -- packing gear, loading sleds, training dogs and everything else that goes on before a big race! As you can see above, the "drop bags" -- containing food and gear which will be forwarded to race checkpoints -- are all packed and ready to go.
SP Kennel will be running two 12-dog teams in the CB300 this year:
Allen's "A-Team" will be ChaCha, Butterscotch, Rose, Nutmeg, Tony, Teddy, Biscuit, Petunia, Snickers, Skittles, Oddball and Homebrew
Aliy's "B-Team" is not yet finalized, but will be drawn from Bullet, Hoss, Manny, Sparky, Heeler, KitKat, Garlic, Spicy, JJ, Stormy, Spot, Chica, Nacho, Quito, Moonpie and Kipper
You can meet many of these dogs "up close and personal" in our "Meet The Dogs" posts on the SP Kennel Dog Log.
Each team will have a dedicated dog truck and handler for this big race, with Allen's daughter Bridgett flying in from Nome to support her father and Bob Hauer pitching in to support Aliy. I will be in a race of my own, chasing down the teams at checkpoints and various points where they will be viewable from the road, then racing back to our team headquarters to go online and post all the latest news, pictures and videos.
So, this is also a really good time to make sure you have bookmarked the Dog Log!
For general information you can check out the CB300 website.
Meanwhile, let's hope that the weather co-operates and the SP Kennel Teams have safe and successful races!