The support Kristy and Anna receive from their home state of Wisconsin is fantastic, so despite the Iditarod being less than a week away, Anna found a few minutes for a radio interview with Dan Small Outdoors. If you're an outdoor enthusiast, or just want to hear what Anna has to say, you can click here to catch Dan's show and listen to the broadcast from February 26th.
The Iditarod and its participants, organizers, and volunteers get a fair amount of well-deserved media attention this time of year, and the twins are no exception. Click here to check out a great article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The 41st running of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race is less than two weeks away! Both of the twins have completed the mandatory EKGs and blood tests for their dog teams and delivered their drop bags to the Iditarod Trail Committee in Anchorage for shipment out to the various checkpoints along the trail. Now it's time for last minute training runs, weather and gear checks, and assessment of the dogs on their rosters to make a final determination of the 16 canine friends that will be with each twin at the starting line.
In case anyone saw the NY Times article earlier this month warning of potential delays or cancellations to this year's race due to weather conditions and lack of snow ~ rest assured, THE RACE IS ON! According to postings on the official Iditarod site, no delays or major changes are anticipated. In fact, Race Marshall Mark Nordman is quoted as saying, "Trail's great, lots of snow, all the way to Nome."
A few early notes & reminders:
- Review the Trail Map (link under Categories to the right). Remember, teams run the southern route this year.
- Renew or sign up for your Iditarod Insider access.
- If you are a new follower of the Iditarod, learn more about the race and its history on our main Iditarod page.
- Visit our blog often! Before the start of the race, we'll post pictures and info on each dog on our team and also have updates from the preliminary festivities in Anchorage. We won't be able to make any personal updates while we're out on the trail, but our older sister will again assume lead dog position for all you armchair mushers, doing her best to provide updates and info throughout the race.
Calendar of Events:
- Thursday, 2/28, 6pm: Musher Banquet and drawing for bib number and starting position.
- Saturday, 3/02, 10am: Ceremonial Race Start, Anchorage.
- Sunday, 3/03, 2pm: Official race re-start from Willow Lake.
Go to Iditarod.com!