Thank you to all sponsors and fans for your support and encouragement. Without you, not only would Evening Star Kennel been absent from the 2010 Yukon Quest, but this incredible sport and these wonderful dogs would become a thing of distant memory. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope that you have enjoyed following this amazing event.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
8 Hours In Braeburn and ON TO WHITEHORSE!!!
Have we taken an opportunity on this journey to thank all of you for taking interest in Katie's race? It seems we haven't - and we really should. Because without all of the support this endeavor would not have been possible. Katie hasn't seen the blog since she started in Fairbanks, but we do keep her updated as your comments come in and we let her know that this blogspot has received more than 5,000 hits since its inception. 1200 of those have occured in the last 7 days. Once again thank you for your kind words and please know you have helped Katie to accomplish her dream.
For all of you folks in the Whitefish area a few of Katie's nearest and dearest want to welcome her home in style. Please join them for a reception at the Great Northern Brewery on Saturday, Feb. 27th at 7:30 pm.
So, back to the Quest. The stop in Braeburn is really a wide spot on the highway! There is a fuel station and a cozy restaurant. They do have hamburgers the size of the plate as are the cinnamon buns, and the smell of the fresh bread baking was not fair!
Bart made really good time from Carmacks. He crossed the highway first - still in daylight. The next team in - arriving at 6:35 was Jennifer Raffaeli followed by Peter Fleck just before all light faded at 7:02 pm. (The daylight has increased a great deal since we have been here.) We enjoyed some videos and kept checking the livetracker...some took naps and some were afraid to go to sleep for fear of not waking in time to welcome the team...the greeters were all on hand when Katie came down the hill and crossed the highway at the last minute of the midnight hour.
Each team made the best use of their 8 hour layover and did not waste a minute getting back on the trail. Bart left at 1:35 am as Katie was settling her dogs in for the night. Peter was able to leave at 3:02 am. Next out was Jenn Raffaeli at 3:06 am. Katie was able to leave at the very sensible hour of 9:10 am.
And they are off to Whitehorse!!
On to Whitehorse our final destination! Bart wasted no time and arrived to great fanfare at 1:14 pm.
Peter Fleck finished his race at 3:22 by rewarding each of his beloved dogs with a steak! Jennifer and her team came into view and finished at 4:17 pm. Congratulations to all! Now we have to go because Katie is about 20 miles from the finish line and we need to be there!!! More to follow from Whitehorse...
Evening Star Kennel is the home of Katie Davis and her 21 sled dogs. Katie and her team competed in the 2010 Yukon Quest: 1000 miles from Fairbanks, AK to Whitehorse, YT, Canada. Check in here to find out more about this adventure as it unfolds and what the future may hold.
Whitehorse Sponsor: $1,500+ Your contribution as a Whitehorse Sponsor will go toward the entry fee of $1,500 or toward travel expenses and major equipment (sled, harnesses, dog truck, etc.) needed for the race. Dawson City Sponsor: $500-$1,499 All Dawson City Sponsors will pay for basic kennel costs incurred throughout the year. A $500 sponsorship pays for the care for an individual dog throughout the year: food and basic vet care. Circle City Sponsor: $201-$499 Circle City Sponsors will contribute toward warm musher gear, headlamps and batteries to light the way, booties, assorted ointments and medications for proper dog care, and all the miscellaneous items the dogs will need. Fairbanks Sponsor: $200 and under Fairbanks sponsors contribute to the costs of dog booties to protect the dogs’ feet from the start to the finish of the race. A $100 sponsorship purchases all the booties and a dog jacket for one dog on my team for the Yukon Quest. Sponsor a Mile: $20 There are 997 “official” miles on the Yukon Quest trail. That number can change from year to year depending on trail conditions or changes. For $20, you can sponsor 1 mile of the trail and help provide the dogs with all the things that they will need to complete each mile to reach the finish line.