We are lucky enough to live where a lot of mushers train and we have gotten to know several of them, as well as thier dogs! We sponsor several races thoughout Alaska and enjoy the sport from a spectators stand point.
Mike Santos. Rookie last year and we expect him to do well this year. He's got a great team and excellent kennel.
Jeff King. Glad to see him back in the sport. We got a lot of time with him and even were able to run his team this winter! His dogs are probably the most un-tired looking after running the 65 miles from Cantwell all winter. I expect him to be in the running.
Jake Berkowitz. Now here is a nice guy and great teams. He runs three teams in training. Matt Linder and Trent Herbst run his other two teams. They look great when they get to the lodge. I expect to see Jake in the top ten.
Jim Lanier. What a great guy this is! He runs some neat dogs, and he also took Bob on a 30 mile training run this year. You'd thought Bob won the lottery when Jim asked him to go.
Aily Zirkle. The perpetual smile of this lady is infectous! She trains on the highway and I would bet money she's at least top ten this year.
Zoya Denure. We are looking forward to watching one of our own Denali Highway residents do well! I think your going to see her move way up this year as she has been training hard all winter.
Hugh Neff. What a character this guy is! Enjoying life and mushing and Quest Champ. He'll be in the running to win for sure this year.
So, our picks. Jeff King, Hugh Neff, Aily Zirkle and Jake Berkowitz... in that order, is your top 4.
Now let's see how wrong I can be! heh heh!