Thursday, January 22, 2009

January Race Links

SISKIYOU SLED DOG RACES THIS WEEKEND IN WEED, CA: The SSDSA is proud to invite you and your friends and family to the 2009 Siskiyou Sled Dog Races. The distance race is now 210 miles to fulfill Iditarod qualifications. Our request passed the Race Rules Committee and the Iditarod Board on May 30th. This will be California's first Iditarod qualifying event. There will also be a 105 mile distance race held in conjunction with the longer 210 mile Iditarod Qualifier. The 210 and 105 mile distance race will both begin on Friday at Deer Mountain after the Vet check. Sprint & Skijor team race competitions will be held throughout the days of the 24th and 25th followed by the Awards banquet that evening in Weed.

EXPERIENCE IDITAROD! Iditarod XXXVII starts March 7th, 2009
BID NOW! To be an Iditarider: The 2009 IditaRider MusherAuction ends Friday!
Place your bid on the musher of your choice as the closing of the2009 Iditarod IditaRider Musher auction draws near. Auctions begin closing at noon (AST) Friday January 23rd!

Coming NEXT WEEKEND the Chester Winterfest Sled Dog Races in Chester, California January 31 - February 1, 2009
$2000 PURSE!!

CALIFORNIA GOLD "MUSH" 9th Annual Lake Davis Sled Dog Race February 27- March 1, 2009 Lake Davis/Portola, CA
Check out the Weekend Activities for the program Friday through Sunday, including: Full snowshoe and sled-dog race schedule Saturday and Sunday; Friday pre-race family activities including: Kids' movies "Balto" and "Iron Will" Friday evening at the Feather Community Arts Center and Sat/Sun Student Art Show

OTHER RACES/EVENTS OF NOTE: Sweet artwork above is by "April Wood-Jaraw Creators" Too cute.."Wait! Come back here you huskies!"

Jan 23 & 25, 2009 Siskiyou Sled Dog Race Siskiyou, CA
Jan 24 & 25, 2009 Snow Dog Super Mush, Conconully, WA
Jan 30 & Feb 1, 2009 Cascade Quest, Leavenworth, WA
Jan 30 & Feb 1, 2009, Chester, CA (PNC)
Feb 7 & 8, 2009 Priest Lake (PNC)
Feb 14 & 15, 2009 100 Mile House BC Canada
Feb 14 & March 1, 2009 Chemult 2 (Possible PNC)
Feb 28 & March 1, 2009 Frog Lake 2
Feb 28 & March 1, 2009 Lake Davis, CA
April 25 & 26, 2009 Spring cart race, Roslyn, WA

Learn All About SKIJORING here

I am dreaming of snow...Hopefully recent precipitation to California will bode well for these events. In the meantime, we are taking plenty of dryland runs and a good deal of mud runs as well. The dirtier the better imo!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Off Topic -You want crazy Winter Mountain Biking?

No dogs.... but they might wish they had 'em now and them...

A heroic GRRL and ~AUTHOR~ who rides in it. Ghost Trails" is a sometimes joyful, often harrowing ride through my experiences in the 2008 Iditarod Trail Invitational, and the events that inspired it. by Jill Homer, one of my strong Alaskan women idols

And me? I am all about the SkiJoring now. BUT I have a serious problem, in that I lack both snow and a proper skijor harness; not to mention I have zero experience at cross country skiing and a partially torn ACL... but I will persevere. Ice and roller skating skills, and passable proficiency at down hill skiing (prior to knee injury at least...) must count for something right? There are some awesome dog races in Chester at the end of the month. Will team HumDog be there? It's either learn to ski, buy a harness, and do the two dog skijor OR get two more dogs (!)and a sled (!) and attempt 4 dog 6 mile sled race!!! Reality sinking in......OR just stay home save $$... and possibly my health, by simply tending to the orchard. Hah. The trees will wait, but will the trail...and what of this inner need for speed and a flirtation with danger? Stay tuned.