Day 27: Last Day in Alaska

UserJessica DohertyTime2013-03-17 22:45:00

Monday, March 11th 2013 Last Day in Alaska

Today is our last day in Alaska...we head east in the morning. I guess you could say it's been a wild ride. I really don't know what to make of it all. We've experienced so many things since we left New York State 27 days ago. We've met some great people and also hung out with some old and newer friends, which made the trip really great. It was especially awesome to race again with Greg Sellentin, it's been years!

Most of today was spent doing errands. Oil change ($100! WOW), claiming and cashing of the purse checks, stuff for the road and whatnot. For the dogs it was a boring day, although there are 2 kids at Hotel North Pole that moved here from Texas just recently and are very interested in the dogs so they come out everytime we let them out and talk with us and hang out with the dogs.

Coming here, I did not know what to expect. We have been training our dogs and I knew they were good, but we have not sled raced in a couple of years and even before that, not too much in the last 5 years. This was our 1st time to Alaska and for 4 of the dogs on the team, the World Championship was their very 1st snow race ever. For ALL the dogs, the last day of LNAC was their 1st ever 8 mile run. We were going on GUT for sure!

We are coming home with 2 amazing wins...

Gold Medal ~ IFSS World Championship 6-Dog Class with close to a four minute lead after 3 days of racing. The first day was exciting with lots of passing and fun near the finish. The dogs ran without error and complete focus. I was especially proud that the team pulled off a 22 mph pace the last 2 days.

1st place 6-Dog Class ~ Limited North American Championship with track records all 3 days. This race was unreal. The dogs went out and repeated what they had done at the World Championships even in 43F temperatures. I was worried about the 3rd day as none of the dogs on the team had ever run 8 miles. My worry was for nothing as they finished that run with a track record as well.

The dogs that pulled it off...

  • Eli 2008 60lbs (Petra x Junior; H Brannen & J Doherty). The MAIN man. This is the best dog I've ever had.
  • Tim 2008 60lbs (Whippet x Ruby; H Hardy) Lead all 6 days of racing. Super boy.
  • Lefty 2010 53lbs (Ty x Forrest; J Doherty) Point all 6 days, fastest and hardest driving beauty you ever did see.
  • Rose 2010 50lbs (Ty x Forrest; J Doherty) Point all 6 days ~ copy of her sister and my favorite character
  • Dean 2010 74lbs (Ty x Forrest; J Doherty) Wheel all 6 days ~ black stallion rocker
  • Emma 2011 46lbs (Petra x Louie; H Brannen) Wheel all 6 days. Super yearling.

I can't explain how proud I am of our dogs...