Saturday, 16 January 2010

Hamburger Run

Mark and I went 'playing' this morning! The event was the Two Rivers Dog Musher's Association 'Hamburger Run' (so named because the 'prize' for finishing is a hamburger at the Angel Creek Lodge).

They have a really cool 'Alaskan Mass Start' format. Dogs were allowed to be dropped around the truck, but couldn't have their harnesses on. At the drop of a hat, the musher and one handler start harnessing and hooking up dogs.

Jenny may be a great handler (I'm completely forgiving you for not being at the finish line on time today Jenny!) but she can't be in two places at one time, so she worked with me at the start and Jan's friend, Georgann, helped Mark.
Out of 9 teams, Jenny and I got my team out second or third!

My team consisted of Jinx, Bang, Tess, Rocket, Wolvie, Q, Charge and Crunchie! They were wonderful and finished the 32 miles in 3 hours and 5 minutes (including harnessing and hookup), which was good for 5th place.

Mark's team was Dasher, Spider, Hector, Runner, Barq, Irving, Bingo and Wonder. He was very pleased with his run (sorry I didn't catch his time, but it was about 45 minutes behind mine). He finished last, but prefers to note that this was his first top 10 finish in a race!!! :)

My ankle (wrapped in it's brace, in one of Mark's socks, and stuffed into my boots) held up pretty well, the burgers were indeed good and a great time was had by all!!!

Thanks to Jan DeNapoli of Muzzy Graphics for the photos!


granimar said...

Karen, how great that a good time was had by all. Sounds like a great morning, the photos jan took are great, you can really see that North Wapiti sparkle in the dogs. What wonderful heart memories Jenny is going to have.

Muzzys Place said...

What a great time, and it's my fault Jenny wasn't there on time. She came home with us to help us hook up teams for Georganne and I so we can take 2 of my friends out on the trail... then she went to Angel Creek Lodge to meet Karen and Mark. Karen was fast!!! Beat Jenny there. :-( Sorry you guys, but I did need her help, though, because of my back, so that was so nice! Thank you Jenny!

Mancelona Woodswoman said...

Love the concept ~ Hamburger Run. Thanks for sharing. Congrats!

Anonymous said...

And I was hoping for a picture of the hamburger. What fun for you guys!
Mary in Oregon

Sue in Colorado said...

I was thinking that if they added the hamburger eating time to the total, Mark would have done better :)

Husky HOWLlow said...

Ok .. mushers got hamburgers as a reward ... sort of like reward training for dogs. What did the dogs get?? Hope they each got a meat patty at least for all their hard work ... without them no burgers for mushers.

Husky Howllow

Rob Fradette said...

Finally a picture of the dog truck. Looks good Mark.

Looks like you guys had a fun day out playing.