|Lynnea and Aster ready to run!|
As the boss of two huskies myself I have a fondness for this race, and an amazing fear full respect for it as well. The differing types of dogs running the race is an interesting aspect to consider. While many of us this of sled dogs as the beautiful Siberian Husky, it turns out that these pups look better than they perform.
Their beautiful coats and stocky build are not conducive to speed, though they are durable and dependable. Their attitudes are strong and as anyone who has ever lived with a Siberian can attest to, when they want something, they know how to get it.
There are a few teams who run all Siberian dogs at the Iditarod, but you have likely never heard of them because they don't finish in the money. They are running for adventure, not for prizes and I think as runners we can all appreciate that.
|Alaskan Husky (VT)|
One Human Crew
Over the course of 1,150 miles a human is responsible to be the travelling crew for each athlete. The Musher needs to adapt to each individual athlete's needs for performance and survival. If you are at all interested in canine behavior, psychology or endurance then go ahead and immerse yourself the world of the Iditarod. Just don't fall asleep on the sled...
Here are couple photos of summer cart training with our rag-tag team of runners. Aster's exuberance is taking her off course, Lily is dutifully following per usual and Goliath is wondering what we've got him into this time!
|Aster exhibiting her leadership "qualities"|
|Goliath (Meremma) feeling crowded by top runner Lily (the lover)|