To our great sorrow we have to record the death of our dear friend Melanie Montague Carpenter, a vibrant, brave, funny woman: a true original. Everyone here at this blog will miss her very much.
ON THE IDITAROD TRAIL (MORE)
And congratulations to Snowhook Kennel – musher Justin Savidis, CEO Rebecca, and those terrific dogs – led in the end by a surprising member of the team, as you’ll see from Rebecca’s overnight report – on the courageous race they ran this year. A real triumph, given the conditions:
“The dogs did exactly as I trained them to run,” AJ said shortly before he fell asleep. Yes, the dogs did quite well. They led him through terrain, the likes of which he hopes never to see again. They darted through ferocious winds to deliver him to the next checkpoint. And, in the final seventy-seven mile stretch, caught in a blow hole, AJ trusted the dogs he could no longer see in the whiteout conditions. Out of a band of amazing canine athletes and partners who did he choose to lift above his head to touch paw to burled arch?—The whimsical Louisa Mae. Having led sporadically throughout the season she did not rank among his main leaders going into the race. Yet, this sweet girl led the team for the final 200 miles of the race and across the finish line in a race that will go down in Iditarod history.
Stories are slowly being shared about the difficulty of the race, yet each tale is punctuated by the black bruises that span the length of AJ’s body. It was a hard fought finish line.
And now, we rest.
Thank you to the Plunderers who made our race possible. It was an honor to dedicate our 2014 Iditarod to Melanie.
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