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.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Team has Crossed the Finish Line

     It has been such an adventure!  All the superlatives you can think of will apply...It has been a bonding experience as well, kind of an exclusive club.  They are not ROOKIES anymore!  We are so grateful for the friends we have made on this trip.  It is heartwarming to see you all show up at the finish line after midnight when you could have been enjoying a nice warm bed after all those miles. Thank you Bart, Stefaan, Marc, Karine, Darryl and Cindy, Richard and Mary, Peter, Gary and all the rest.  We are also happy to see that Katie's father; John made the trip up to see the finish.  Katie was pleasantly surprised - she didn't expect so many at that late hour.  It really meant alot to her.
     There are two teams still out there on the course, Pierre-Antoine Hertier and Jocelyn LeBlanc.  Hopefully they'll be in tomorrow and will be able to participate in the events to celebrate the Quest.
     Katie is winding down, it is a roller coaster.  Kind of hard to believe that it is over.  It is fairly late now - time to catch an overdue shower and try to make up for a bit of the sleep deficit...
     Note:  It is now midday, on Friday.  The first paragraphs were right after the team came in.  This will be my last post...I'll let Katie reclaim her blogspot.  Thank you so much for allowing me to share my observations with you.  Thank you Katie and Brooke for allowing me to share in this wonderful experience.  I am a bit sad that it is almost over - I have had so much fun and am so impressed with the sport, the dogs, the scenery -  and the people.   Anita.


  1. Congratulations to Katie and the whole team. A great accomplishment and no small feat!

  2. Wonderful to see it complete and finished - Anita, thanks for keeping the blog alive for Katie and I am glad you have had a taste of why we crazies accept the cold and dark to live way up north.


  3. Congratulations! We are so proud of you. Following your race has been so exciting and Gianna now wants to visit Whitehorse! What an accomplishment!!
    Amy,Gianna, and Augie

  4. Way to go Katie----loved watching the race---- what
    a trip. Glad you made it safely and look forward to seeing you this summer---Janet

  5. Congratulations, Katie! A great success, memories for a lifetime. And thanks to Anita for the Yukon Quest commentary!,,,,John and Cheryl

  6. congradulations on another unbelievable adventure Katie. Besides my mother you are one of the toughest women I know. Hope, well I know that my mother enjoyed herself to the fullest. Justin