February 27, 2015
I haven’t run the Iditarod since 2012. I can’t wait to do it again. This will be my 7thyear, I have finished all the previous six.This year we partnered with my old friends Ed and Tasha Stielstra, and Nature’s Kennel http://www.natureskennel.com/ from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I was a handler for Ed back when I first took up mushing and have run puppy teams for him in several previous races. Ed is a veteran musher and 7-time finisher of the Iditarod.
The goal with a puppy team is to show them a great time on their first trip down the Iditarod Trail. We won’t be trying to be first at halfway, or to finish in a particular place this year. Team size for the Iditarod is 16. We will have 13 to 14 puppies and 2-3 veterans to make up the race team. All 18 have trained incredibly well and hard. They have come a long way since the long drive down from Michigan. They are all race ready, and it’s going to be hard to leave two of them off the final team. They will return back home to Ed, Tasha, and Nature’s Kennel after the race. I am sure many of them will be Iditarod veterans with Ed for years to come.