Although my run to Nome was not all that I had hoped for this year, there were individual performances of excellence within the team.
Being Canadian and having been raised with Hockey Night in Canada I decided along the way that I need to recognize some of these outstanding dogs so I decided to do a '3 Stars of the Game' and 'Rookie of the Year' awards for the team.
I discussed prizes with the dogs and what the overwhelming vote was for was steak. So steak it was....
And the recipients?? Well the 'Rookie of the Year' award was a close call but ended up going to a young man who pulled his heart out the entire race.
Yup, Turtle - otherwise known as 'The Turd'. He was terrific and definitely never acted like a rookie. I was so very proud of him.
His sister, Smartie, who was one of the 2 leaders to bring me under the arch in Nome, gave Turtle a close run for the Rookie of the Year title. She received a small steak for her efforts!!
Okay, onto the '3 stars' awards....
The Third Star of the Race award goes to..............
Jinx has been the 'go to' race leader in the kennel for the last few years. In training she can drive me insane but in a race and especially in tough conditions, she rarely lets me down. She is one of the best storm leaders I've ever driven and was key in getting me across Norton Sound in a horrible storm this year.
The 'Second Star' of the Race goes to none other then .....
Most of you should know his story by now - 10 1/2 years old, never dropped or injured on any race he has run, as solid and dependable as they come. This race was no different for him. He was always the first on his feet in checkpoints, worked like a trooper the entire way and in no way showed his age.
Crunchie owns a serious piece of my heart. I am so very proud of him.
And the 'First Star' of the Race???
Well, I had signs throughout the season that this girl was coming into 'her own'. She was already an Iditarod veteran and a decent leader, but this year she started really stepping up in lead and taking on more responsibility.
By the mid point of Iditarod this year she was running single lead for me alot.
Thank you Tess. A steak is the least I owe you for your great job!!!!