Today was the second heat of the combined Dan Snyder Senior/Doc Harris Memorial race held by the Kotzeue Dog Musher's Association.
The race was postponed for two hours, until 2pm, due to weather. KDMA has a cut off temp of -25 for racing. They won't race if it is any colder than that. The windchill was -35F. By 2pm it had warmed up a bit and the race was on. In some of the later photos you are going to see red on some of the dogs. It looks like blood, but it isn't. It's paint. Each dog in a team is marked on the shoulder with paint before each race. Yesterday's color was green. Today was red. Tomorrow will be some other color. Mushers can drop a dog out of their team, but they cannot exchange it for a new dog and the paint is a way to prove that these are all the original dogs each day. With all the hopping and jumping and barking the dogs have a tendency to smear the paint all over each others faces and bodies.
This is one of Buddoo's lead dogs.
Another one of Buddoo's dogs. I think he has some of the handsomest dogs.
Especially Mr. Photogenic here.
One of Paul's dogs napping in the sun waiting his turn to be hooked to the sled.
Paul's dogs wondering what the heck I'm doing standing behind them making kissy noises.
Little girls and their pretty parkies.
Here's somebody taking off. The mushers took off in the order that they placed yesterday.
Yoi, here's some handsome fellas.
Watching to see if the mushers are coming in for the finish yet.
First place was Buddoo Gallahorn.
Second place Paul Hansen.
Third place Luke Sampson.
Fourth place Cyrus Harris.
5th place Chuck Schaeffer.
Here is the board. The first column after the name is how many dogs they were running. The column marked day 1 day 2 shows the times for each day and then shows the two times added together. Whoever has the best time over all three days wins.