Category Archives: Mushing

Race Recap: 2016 Earl Norris Memorial Sled Dog Race


Our first race of the year was the Earl Norris Memorial Sled Dog Race that is part of the Willow Winter Carnival. It is a 30/30 race meaning you run thirty miles one day and then do the same trail the next day. We decided to enter two eight dog teams with me (Robert) and Lacie running in the event. It would be ... Read More »

New Year’s Melt


Every year around New Years it warms up and everything melts and turns to ice. It makes it easy to find all the bowls that the ravens have carried off and all the swivels that have be frozen in place on the dog’s poles are now free but it makes clean up chores, a real chore if you know what ... Read More »

Nome Sign 40 race recap

Nome Sign 40 Team Ineka

This past weekend my son Tyler and I participated in the Nome Sign 40 race. It is a 40 mile race over the orginal Iditarod trail to the Nome sign and back. It starts on Knik Lake in the heart of Redingtonville. There is more mushing history in the first two miles of this race than probably anywhere in the ... Read More »

Goose Bay 150

Last 1/3 of the GB 150 -- Spot Tracker

It was Friday night about 6pm and Michele calls me on my iPhone. She is at Underdog Feed and just spoke to Lisbet Norris. She says to me, “Have you heard about the Tug Bar 150?” Yes, I said. “Well it’s tomorrow and I think it would be FUN if you ran it!”, says Michele. You see how I underlined ... Read More »

The Tustumena Experience

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There are sled dog races and then there is the Tustumena 200 down on the Kenai peninsula here in Alaska. Talking with other mushers in including two time champion and good friend, Dave Scheer he said, “There are a lot of hills.” Hills is an understatement! I lived in Colorado for over a decade and climbed a Fourteener or two. ... Read More »

In 1987 a dream was born (Part 7)…


The Iditarod celebrated its 40th anniversary this past March with Willow (AK) musher, Dallas Seavey winning the race. While checking out YouTube I came across a series of videos that captured my attention. They were Iditarod videos, old school style! When they were made, this years winner was just born days after. Robert Forto and Team Ineka are training for ... Read More »

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