The trail had anywhere from a quarter of an inch of snow to 5 inches. We felt safest running 9 dog teams. At times we were unable to stop or set a hook and found ourselves running on mostly gravel burning through 2 sets of runner plastic. Originally 40 teams signed up for the race and 10 more were on the waiting list. But come race day, the field shrunk to 6 competitors. Only 5 started. Mushers feared the weather forecast and lack of snow, while others were unable to reach the training miles required to run a 65 mile race on the first weekend of December. We raced against 2 very accomplished North American Champion sprint mushers. Always keeping the big goal of Iditarod in mind, we ran a smart race tying for 3rd.
The next race is the Gin Gin 200 on the first weekend in January, followed by the Copper Basin 300.
Our training trails are short on snow, but we are making the best of them. Mother nature has been generous dishing up the sub-zero temperatures. Regardless, we're loving every minute of it, as are the dogs!