"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." Will Rogers
My Team, Individual Dogs & Some Of The People I Have Met While Mushing Are Displayed On The Following Pages As Well As Stories About My Mushing Experiences.
The Team & I Approach The Finish Line At The MUSH Race At Sleepy Hollow State Park
The Team and I ran in 5 races during the 2006 -2007 race season, the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race - Sportman's Class, The MiDD Wooden Nickel 30, The MUSH Mid Distance Race, The Seven Dog Race at Sleepy Hollow State Park and the Jack Pine 30 in Gwinn, Michigan.
Due to the weather conditions, the MiDD board decided to declare the Sweetwater Challenge a "fun run" and offered to refund entry fees to participants in attendance. All teams chose to donate their entry fees whether they ran the event or not. I ran the trail and found it to be one of the most challenging and most beautiful of the season.
The team and I finished 2nd in the MiDD Wooden Nickel, my team was one of only two teams to finish the 60 mile non-competitive event. We also finished 2nd in the MUSH Mid Distance Race at Sleepy Hollow State Park. The team and I finished every race we entered; were never late to the Starting Chute though I did hook my gangline up incorrectly once and did not have a single injury to either the musher or the dogs.
The team and I ran slightly more than 750 miles during the 2006 - 2007 season.
The Team and I ran in two races during the 2007 - 2008 race season; the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race - the 12 Dog Pro Class and The Wooden Nickel 34. The team and I finished 8th in the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race and we scratched from the Seney 300; the first time the team and I have not finished a race that we started. Our season was cut short due to injury.
Several dogs suffered minor sprains during the season; the team ran a total of just over 1,000 miles; I hope to train harder for the 2008 - 2009 race season.
The team and I ran in three races during the 2008 - 2009 season; the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race - 8 Dog Pro Class, The SweetWater Challenge 48 and the UP 200. The team and I finished the 8 Dog Pro race; we were the only team to complete all 96 miles of the MiDD SweetWater Challenge and though we did not finish the UP 200, the team and I completed 214 of the 246 miles finally scratching just short of Deerton and only 32 miles from the finish line in Marquette because I only had 6 dogs left (the race rules require 7 dogs to finish the race).
The team and I ran between 1,100 miles (team dog with least number of miles) and 1,650 miles (team dog with most miles) this year.
With the addition of more dogs I expect next year to be a banner year for the team.
Stay tuned for more details.
The Team & I Leave The Starting Chute At The Jack Pine In Gwinn, Michigan