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Monday, January 28, 2013

Indian River Sprint Race

The results are in!

The Small 'N' Mighty Racing Team came in 1st place out of 10 teams! 

We almost didn't place at all though...on Saturday I almost missed my chute time! In sled dog racing, you have a "chute time" and a "start time" which are 1 minute apart from each other. You're supposed to be in the chute for your chute time and then you wait there for the minute until your start time. If you miss your start time, the clock starts for you anyway and you have to go out at the end of your class. So depending on how many teams are after you, you could be adding a substantial amount of extra time to your race time!
I got into the chute just has the starter was counting down "5...4...3...2...1...". I just BARELY made it!

After that minor mishap, we had a tangle/ball up on the trail when we passed a team. Char, who was running lead with Salsa, wanted to join the team behind us after we passed them. It took me a few seconds to get everyone straightened out and headed in the right direction but we finally got our crap together and finished in 1st!

On Sunday, we were able to hold our place and Sydney made her debut as a leader running in tandem with Salsa. Sydney did EXCELLENT! Passing trail help? No problem! Passing a team? No problem! 
She is becoming quite the professional! 

Jetta got to come along with us to the race so she could get a feel for the racing scene. She's not quite sure what to think yet...

She will get the hang of it soon though and will be ready to rock next year!

All in all, we had a GREAT weekend! We would like to give a shout out to ALL of the people that had ANYTHING to do with the race you are so greatly appreciated! 

Next stop, the Thunder Bay Classic in Alpena, MI! 

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