Kristy attended the awards banquet on the 18th and has just gotten back to her home kennel in Kasilof, Alaska. She's tired but happy with how the race went and says she would definitely run the YQ again. There were challenges along the trail, from going down Rosebud Summit without her primary brake to the exhaustion that always accompanies a race of this length. And it sounds like the first half of the race on the Alaskan side was more technical in nature, with plenty of "X" markers on the trail warning approaching teams of something tricky ahead. But the challenges are part of the intrigue of running a race like this, and when paired with a happy and healthy dog team, beautiful wilderness, northern lights and shooting stars that would take your breath away, and a successful finish, it was well worth it.
If you've looked at the pictures that both we and others posted to Flickr (we've added a few new ones today), you'll notice that many are of Kristy on her hands and knees tending to her dog team. Kristy takes exceptional care of her dogs, and it has been recognized! We're proud to say that Kristy was awarded the prestigious Veterinarian's Choice Award for this year's Yukon Quest!
A couple closing video clips ~ Anna leading Kristy's team and Kristy coming into the finish.