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Sam and Jess live with their 30(ish) dogs on an airstrip near the Iditarod trail in Knik, AK.  We are currently preparing for Jess to run the Iditarod in March 2020.

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March 28, 2020

The team and I got home safe and Sam and I are  practicing our social distancing while looking back on this years race. This years race we saw an epic amount of weather changes. The race started out with just below freezing temps and blizzard conditions making the first leg of the race an extremely slow slog. After Skwetna the trail improved and the dogs were excited to be able to pick up the speed as we traveled to Finger lak...

February 25, 2020

Recap from the last few months:

At the end of December Jessica sustained a partial tear of her medial collateral ligament in her knee while out on a long training run. Luckily Jess is from a big family and had a whole crew of visiting Klejkas and Louise to help while she began her recovery. While still very injured Jess flew out to Bethel to run her clinic and to help vet her favorite dograce the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race. Du...

December 9, 2019

Great start off to the racing season with Jessica and Louise racing in the ACE race hosted by Alpine Creek Lodge. If you haven't visited Alpine creek lodge it is well worth the trip. The lodge situated on the Denali highway  boasts dramatic scenery and spectacular accommodations. Not to mention the Bondy family who owns the lodge is great! Jessica placed 7th and Louise placed 17th. The whole team went up to the highway and ran...

October 17, 2019

After our summer hiatus we are stoked to be back at it. The dogs and I started training the last week of August after all the nearby forest fires and doggie swim days died down. Alaska had such a hot summer with most of the team (humans and dogs)enjoying  swim dates at the Brewer cabin. A few like Willy were more of the float- on-the- paddle-boat type. While everyone agreed lake days at the Coke's were a blast!

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