For the second year in a row, Anna and Kristy participated in the Turkey Trot on the Kenai Peninsula on Thanksgiving weekend to benefit the Tustumena 200 race organization. The twins crossed the finish line together after 29 minutes, 56 seconds to take 1st and 2nd place in the women's 5k division. Check out this article on the event in the Peninsula Clarion.
After the Turkey Trot, both Kristy and Anna were eagerly looking forward to running with their canine friends in the Sheep Mountain 150 in mid-December. Although not one of the longest mid-distance races held in the area, it is still recognized as being a very tough race given the mountainous terrain and often rough trail conditions. Those two factors mandate a substantial snow base on the trail for mushers to race safely, as snow is needed to ensure teams have proper braking ability and to limit chance of injury to the dogs. Unfortunately, race officials determined there just wasn't enough snow to safely hold the race this year and it was cancelled.
The twins spent the second half of December on training runs around their respective kennels, celebrating the holidays, and ringing in the new year. We hope this time was also enjoyed by all of our fans, no matter where you were or how you chose to celebrate!!
The first race on the calendar for the twins in the new year was the Knik 200 on January 5th. Alas, this race was also cancelled due to unseasonably warm temperatures and lack of snow. At this point, if weather and trail conditions hold, Anna and Kristy have a few events on the horizon:
Kuskokwim 300: Starts at 6:30pm Alaska time on Friday, Jan. 18th in Bethel, Alaska. Kristy is one of 28 total mushers currently registered in the race.
Tustumena 200: Starts at 11:00am Alaska time on Saturday, Feb. 2nd in Kasilof, Alaska. Kristy will be starting in 2nd position and Anna will be running in 23rd position for Dean Osmar's kennel, in a field of 29 total.
Denali Doubles: Anna will be teaming up with friend of the kennel and fellow musher Scott Janssen for their first attempt at the Denali Doubles Sled Dog Race. The race is run Feb. 7 - 9 and starts in Cantwell, Alaska.
We'll do our best to post updates on these races to the site.
Even though snow conditions have limited competitive race miles so far this season, the training miles continue to rack up. Both twins have packed up the dogs and gear when necessary and driven several hours away from their homes in Kasilof to find trails suitable to run on.
And don't forget ~ the 41st running of the Iditarod will be here before we know it! We're pleased to post that both Kristy and Anna's Iditarider auctions were quickly closed. Anna's sled was purchased by Peter Stephens from The Lotus Group out of the UK and Kristy's sled was again purchased by Halliburton. Proceeds from the Iditarider auction benefit the Iditarod Trail race organization and help make the race possible, so thank you for supporting an event that we love.