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Watch the video to see who is on the 2019 Yukon Quest Team! Did you catch all 14 canine athletes?
In case you couldn’t catch all the canine athletes or have slow internet, the canine athletes of the Quest team are………… Jana, Rucu, Supai, Katy, Boone, Perm, Goblin, Lefty, CJ, Wingman, Uno, Fish, Wombat, and Cooke!
Human Support Staff
Job: Care for canine athletes on the trail and in checkpoints. Hold onto the sled. Try not to be dead weight.
Kalyn- Canine Sports Therapist and Straw Specialist
Job: Care for canine athletes during 12 hour mandatory layover between Braeburn and Carmacks as well as 36 hour layover in Dawson. Rake straw after the canine team leaves a checkpoint. Care for any canine athletes benched during the competition.
Derek- Transportation Manager and Dawson Carpenter
Job: Drive the canine athlete truck and keep it in good working order. Construct canine team housing in Dawson.
Katy Human (aka Mom)- Public Relations Manager and Mom
Job: Update the blog and social media. Do motherly things.
Jezzy and Sasha- Truck Companions
Job: Be cute yet obnoxious to keep human crew...
Super busy day getting ready for the Yukon Quest 1000 mile race start on Saturday. Both the handlers and mushers were in meetings this morning where they learned the latest trail conditions and logistics for the start. Though the prediction is for the temperatures to drop, the continued lack of snow here on the Yukon has caused a small course change: after racing to the first checkpoint, the dogs will be transported in dog trucks between checkpoint #1, Braeburn, and check point #2, Carmacks, so details and logistics were shared.
After the morning meetings, mushers had lunch with their Quest Rider. Ryne met her guest rider, Carole, from Colorado! Fun to have folks from her home state up supporting the team.
Carole, Ryne, and Dan
Tonight was the starters’ banquet where not only did we get to enjoy the evening getting to know Carole and her husband, Dan, eat some great food, but the mushers drew their starting numbers. Drum roll please —- Ryno Kennel drew # 21 — best number out there!
Tomorrow, Friday will be a day to catch our breath, walk the dogs and...
My mom and I have made it to Whitehorse! Kalyn, Derek, and the dogs will be arriving later tonight.
Upon arriving in Whitehorse, our first event was Meet the Mushers. All the competitors sit at tables around the perimeter of the hall while friends and fans file down the line of tables, getting signatures from all the mushers on the posters, shirts, banners, or sometimes their own jackets! While this event is more socializing than most mushers do the entire year combined, it’s a great opportunity to say brief hellos to kids and folks from the community who will be excitedly following the race. It’s also fun to see all the other mushers who we sometimes haven’t seen since last year! Even though we’re all competitors, there’s a lot of camaraderie among mushers so the evening was filled with chatter between mushers- how are their dogs, what are they feeding, how was training, did their truck break down on the drive- all normal musher conversations.
Today will also be full of meetings including the Quest Guest Lunch, the Mushers Meeting, the Rookie Meeting, the Handler Meeting, and the Start Banquet. It’s currently snowing and 4F outside, but temperatures are forecast to drop to...
Immediately upon returning from Copper Basin, we jumped right into Yukon Quest preparation. Last Saturday, the drop bags were due. Today was the official day for vet checks! And in ONE WEEK, we’ll be hitting the trail in Whitehorse!
Completing drop bags for a 1000-mile race is cause for a big celebration. The first hurdle in long distance racing has been overcome! Like everything, practice makes perfect, so with this being our third start from Whitehorse, I do have an Excel Spreadsheet already generated with lists of what to pack for each checkpoint. Each drop bag is labeled with the name of the checkpoint, my last name, and Bag # ___ of ___. Some checkpoints only need 2-3 drop bags. Others like Pelly, where we’re about to take off on 200 unsupported miles require 6 or Dawson, 8. Items included in drop bags might include:
Dog food (Inukshuk 32/32, Inukshuk 30/25, Red Paw)- I like to have variety, although the main kibble is the Inukshuk 32/32, which means it has 32% fat and 32% protein.
Fish snacks, beef snacks, BLT snacks, liver snacks, chicken skins snacks, snacks, snacks, snacks!
Time to booty and put on coats — early wake up call!
Go team go! Next stop Dawson
After arriving yesterday in Dawson City at 6:39 PM, Ryne and the dogs were taken over to the dog yard for a formal Vet check on each dog. And boy, did they enjoy the individual attention. No poking and prodding, just range of motion moves, temperatures, massages, hugs, and more treats and food. A dog’s life!
Kalyn spent the night with the team: feeding, massaging, walking to stretch out, and most importantly, resting. Thank you for all the love Kalyn.
After check in at the dog yard (Ryne had eaten pizza on the way over), she promptly crashed for 12 hours straight (no massaging, no walking to stretch and no food — just rest!) But after waking, she was off to the dog yard to check on everyone. Following is her report on her team:
Boone: she has lead the team from the start. Exceptional and very strong. And best of all, eating is not an issue with this one!
CJ: a little hot and cold, but hanging out in wheel. Works hard on the hills (and yes, definitely some hills this last leg), but when the team is coasting down or on the flats, CJ...
Whew, we are so excited to have the Ryno Team with us here in Dawson City! What an exciting race this is. But while we wait for Ryne to decompress a bit and catch a little sleep, let’s update a bit on the handlers’ ride into Dawson City.
As you might remember, big Red was out of commission as of Carmacks, and we had enlisted our trusty little Suby to fill in as our dog truck in Pelly Crossing. Once the Ryno Team was back on the trail from Pelly Crossing, the handlers with Jezzy and Sasha and new mate, Wombat (dropped in Pelly Crossing when she woke up with a sore wrist) headed back to Carmacks to re-access. But the first pictures should tell the story. Suby is still activated as our “new dog truck!”
The handler team arrived in Dawson City last night, caught up with some much needed sleep, and then set to work building the Ryno Team home for Dawson City.
Derek building the base for dog tent...
We are having trouble finding WiFi to upload our pictures and video, so please enjoy the Yukon Quests post of the team arriving in Dawson City (copy and paste):
Okey dokey. The Ryno Kennel team is cruising down the trail from Pelly Crossing, and we won’t have pictures or updates for awhile. Hopefully you have better WiFi than we do, so keep an eye on that tracker for us! Think about sending some questions in the comments below to pepper Ryne with in Dawson City (once she has rested!)
In the meantime, thought I’d run a book idea by you; not another musher story, but a handler team story, an extraordinary team:
Ryno Kennel’s handler team’s story actually started days before the Yukon Quest even began. Katy (Mom, not 🐶) had rented a car months prior while in the lower 48. When Ryne, Katy, and Kalyn showed up to get it, not only were they informed that they couldn’t go into Canada with the car (this is the agency that sponsored Ryno Kennel in a prior Yukon Quest—which does involve crossing the border) but that Katy could be put on a “no rental list” for driving into Canada, and no national rental agency in Fairbanks allows driving into Canada. Well, as the agent sternly reprimanded them, Katy stepped away, booked a car online, followed up with a call to that agency at the airport who stated “as long as you bring it back, sure you can go to...
Handlers and fans waiting in Braeburn — REFRESH, REFRESH, REFRESH!
CHECKING IN — BRAEBURN
VET CHECK IN BRAEBURN
Time differnetials made up in Carmacks
Repack and restart in Carmacks
Back on the trail - Go Ryno Kennel go!
Enjoy some pictures of Ryno Kennel’s Day
Live tracking found online by copying/pasting the following url:
Ryno Kennel Extraordinaire:
Kaylnn, Ryne, and Derek!
Thanks for the booties from around the world with messages of support!
Carole and Dan meeting the team.
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Race Map for reference
Start to Red Eagle Lodge (Chistochina)- 32 miles
These first three videos are right after the start in Gakona. Normally the Copper Basin starts in Glennallen; however, when the decision was made to set the final race route, there was open water between Glennallen and Gulkana, so the race began in Gulkana, which cut the first leg of the race to 32 miles. In the past, the first section of the race is a flurry of passes and speedy teams, but since our game plan was to travel slower (and we started near the back of the pack), we didn’t have too many passes.
Red Eagle Lodge to Meiers Lake- 68 miles
This section of the trail I ran at night, so I have no videos. In fact, I’ve unfortunately never run this section of trail in the daylight. Chistochina ot Meiers Lake is a 68 mile section of trail where teams cross over the infamous “Hump.” The Hump is a big, bald mountain high above treeline. Even in the dark, you can sense the vastness of the terrain. I can only imagine the grandeur of the landscape on a clear day! Since I always love a good climb, this is probably my second favorite section of trail....
At 12:12, Ryne and crew crossed the Copper Basin finish line in 13th place! The team was led by Cooke and Ewok, followed by Jana and Goblin, Rucu single, Fenton and Perm, Supai and Lefty, Yuker and Fish. They gobbled up fish snacks and a beef/kibble meal then curled up in their boxes to relax for the remainder of the afternoon.
Just a while later, Kalyn and team crossed at 4:30 with cheerful, spunky attitudes. Katy and Boone led the charge followed by Louie and Crunch, Uno and Badger, Nile, CJ and Amelia, Wombat and Vanessa. As you can see from the video, they’re in high spirits!
A big thank you to Saeward for updating the website and social media pages. Thanks to Derek, Bill, and Saeward for your handling duties! Handlers get as little (if not less) sleep than the mushers, but not near as much dog time! We couldn’t run these races without our handling crew! And of course, thank you to the CB volunteers and organizers!
Tomorrow we’ll remain in Glennallen until the finishers banquet tomorrow night. In the meantime, the dogs and humans will relax with some fun time romping around and stretching muscles. I have more video from different legs of the race (daylight permitting) and...