After unpacking from the last great race, the twins packed smaller personal bags and headed to Whistler, British Columbia, to attend an event with sponsor Polar Asset Management Partners in early April. The scenery and hospitality were stunning, and having sister Kat there was an added bonus. Not long after, Kristy and fiancé Andy went to Colorado to see family. They weren't back in Alaska long before the traveling baton was passed to Anna, who made a quick trip to Toronto to see Kat in May. Our first litter of puppies of the year arrived as well!
June 17: Mayor's Half Marathon, 02:05:59. 32nd of 133 F30-34, 358th of 1,401 overall.
Aug. 19: Anchorage RunFest 49k (30.4 mi), 04:49:52. 2nd of 10 F30-34, 4th of 30 Female, 23rd/100 overall.
Sept. 5: Party at the Beach 24hr Ultra Trail Run. Champion, running nearly 88 miles during the 24 hour period. The trail was a 4 mile loop, mixed with rolling hills and flat stretches. The elevation changes add up to 3500 feet for every 24 miles. Kristy set a new course record.
Sept. 24: Kenai River Marathon, 04:05:05. 4th of 23 Females.
Anna was done with fishing season in time to join Kristy in the Kenai River Marathon, finishing 6th about a minute and a half later. And once again both twins ran the Zombie Half Marathon on Oct. 14th. Kristy finished 24th of 82 females 30-34 (291/691 overall) after 2h 2m 54s. Anna wasn't clowning around when she finished right behind her in 25th (2:03:02, 293rd of 691 overall).
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That seems like it might be enough to satisfy the earlier 'busy' qualifier, right? Not by a long shot. Kristy and fiancé Andy Pohl got married on July 1st. It was an amazing outdoor ceremony with beautiful weather and an abundance of family and friends. Unfortunately, life often offers up some bitter to counter the sweet, as the twins experienced when their father passed away shortly after. He will be missed.
With support from each other and family, Anna and Kristy pressed on with the summer. They took a trip to Rhode Island and Maine to attend an event with sponsors Dunkirk and ECR International in August, fitting a bit of fun in on the side. And in September they had some great adventures filming an episode with BuzzFeed (stay tuned for details on where you can find it when it airs).
With the first snows already lightly dusting the kennel in Knik, Kristy and Anna are busy with fall training for 50 Iditarod dogs. Anna, Kristy, and Andy will all be racing Seeing Double teams in Iditarod 2018 and registered for the race in June. The kennel's first mid-distance race is in early December and will be here in a blink. The twins also have one more 2-legged race on the circuit in December with the Solstice half or full marathon.
There is never is a dull moment when you're Seeing Double!
We hope all of our readers had a great summer and we hope you'll join us for another mushing season.
Anna & Kristy