POSTCARD ARRIVES MARCH 31, 2020


NEWS:  Red Team Leader wins 2020 Leonhard Seppala Dog Care Award for a record sixth time, 3rd in a row, 4 of last 5 years...
It is three years running that Red Team has won this most important (next to winning the race) award:  
https://iditarod.com/about/champions-records/ 


#23 finished #18 - click here or below for day by day report, drop news, SP Kennel RED TEAM on their Iditarod XLVIII.




CLICK HERE FOR REAL-TIME REPORTS AS WE FOLLOW THE TRACKER, OFFERING OUR THOUGHTS...

       
LIVE TRACKER WAS UP AND RUNNING 2pm PDT or 6pm EDT;  after 1000-mile long and difficult race...



PRE-RACE
Iditarod XLVIII - SNOWING HEAVILY...finishing in Nome under the arch. 58 entrants this year (with another 4 withdrawing - including Jeff King).

    

Refresh finger 2020, RED TEAM RACE ROSTER IDITAROD XLVIII

HISTORY

In 2006 the Westport NEWS front page had a photo of a little girl from Westport petting her uncles' lead dog. 

Since then we have followed this race every year - it begins on "Susan Butcher Day" in Alaska;  Susan Butcher, a doctor and New England native was a 4-time winner.  (First woman to win Libby Riddles.)
That first year we watched on our computer we were amazed to see that at least two women were near the top.  And actually one was leading for the first half of this 1000 mile race!  That would be SP KENNEL RED TEAM MUSHER...

So we cheer on SP KENNEL RED TEAM, hoping that some day this five-time (tied for first place in this Iditarod award contest) "Humanitarian Award Winner" might actually be the third woman to win Iditarod.


WHO FROM BLACK TEAM WILL MAKE IT TO THE IDITAROD XLVIII SQUAD?  Red Team Leader brought 20 dogs to VET CHECK...





IDITAROD XLVIII - "SUSAN BUTCHER DAY"








THE SP KENNEL RED TEAM ID48 CAME FROM THIS LIST .  14 dogs and one musher day-by-day.

CEREMONIAL START  11 MILES
- Just watched Red Team - Dallas Seavey commenting...
The best looking, best conditioned group, JMO.  Junior looked FABULOUS!!!  They all did, sleek and almost choreographed...SNAPPY!!! 
 


LEFT TO RIGHT:  As the Iditarod goes on (and on and on...), the size of the team shrinks.  IN PINK with a black "X" are those that had to come out of the game


LEGEND:  Click on team photos above to enlarge.


On Red Team ID48


Made the team, but had to be dropped along the way -  Bruno, day 2, Kodiak day 6.  Day 8, Chevie.


Not fit enough for ID
 

Ceremonial Start (12) in blue:  Had been OK'd to run after testing by ID but...Single yellow line:  Did not make final cut.






HERE IS THE LINK TO COMPREHENSIVE VIDEO OVERVIEW OF RED TEAM ID48




Commentary by EAGLE BRIGADE
About Weston's free translation day-by-day below:



LIVE "TRACKER" WILL BE UP AND RUNNING 2pm PDT or 6pm EDT, EAGLE REPORTS via website...


DAY ONE  began at 6pm EDT.

IDITAROD INSIDER TEAM WILL INCLUDE DALLAS SEAVEY (NOT SHOWN)
It was reported first by Sebastian Schneulle that heavy snow at the Willow re-start will delay reporting by 2 legged teams.  EAGLES are ready to fly in their reportage.  "...Already about 8 inches of snow have fallen throughout the day. And the main front of the storm has not even arrived yet. There is a winter storm warning out, calling for another 8 to 16 inches. Needless to say small planes will not be flying anywhere anytime soon..."  (Sebastian Schneulle).


And they're off!
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ...



DAY TWO
Report from musher begins...

  



LOOKING AHEAD...by looking behind, Alaska Range in the distance!


PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR VERIFICATION
In years past, by the time you got to Rohn you would have a good idea about who would be in the hunt at the end...and we didn't make this up on our own! 

     

(Drum role please)




We note that SP Kennel has reported a few things that might account for this "out of Rohn" position:  Special "quick grab" bags of necessaries for camp-out on the trail saving time from previous method of sorting..
 
DAY THREE
After being passed by a whole lot of other competitors. Red Team 4-legged members finally figure it out and hit a good pace!








NOTE:  I think our initial comments in the midst of the race (immediately above) were perhaps correct, now reading Red Team leader's reports!
Now it is clear to me at least why this team, that is having a lovely mushing adventure with the person they adore, their musher, stood to gain by going all the way thru to Cripple...they weren't tired, they were just getting the feel of the snow and of what it meant to...race!  A bold move that gave the team more pep for the second half!  If they decided to pick up the pace at some point!

Episode 5 - Well now, here's where it gets exciting! 
You will note that Aliy remarks that they are in "20th or 30th place" when she is in 8th place.  See above for "Racing" positions scoreboard.  Is this a mistake?  Nope.
That is because many of the front-runners chose to take their 24 hr. rest at Takotna.  This video is from "mile 350" of the 1000 mile race. 






DAY FOUR
Episode five


So far so good...





DAY FIVE

While the Red Team rests at the half-way point...
          
CANNABIDOIL & HEMP, RECORD OF 4-TIME WINNER WITH A REPUTATION AS A "BAD BOY"


BREAKING NEWS



WHILE OPINING ON WHO LOOKS BEST, INSIDER TEAM REMARKS UPON LEADERS AND WHAT IS AHEAD.



DAY SIX
    





DAY SEVEN
      



DAY EIGHT


So glad to hear of correction (originally Red Team had been shown leaving UNK with 10 dog team members.




DAY NINE
    



DAY TEN


Amazing!!!  What a blast - young Cloud must be wondering what all this fuss is about!!!

MOTHER NATURE BLOWS UP A SNOW STORM FOR THE RED TEAM AT THE FINISH

As of @4:15pm EDT.

And then:  https://iditarod.com/the-elim-11-are-in-white-mountain-dogs-and-mushers-are-doing-well/

Sunday, March 22nd:  Four more teams have scratched - 3 in/out White Mountain and 1 "in" - had dogs "reneged" ("out of White Mountain" yet also "out of race")?


ALIYCAM OF LAST MILE!!! 

Link is to a page full of video, pictures, audio and beautifully written report of RED TEAM JOURNEY...more to come in the future...another graphic.