Some things you may or may not know about the T200, Sled Dog Races, the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska...
In addition to mushers from Alaska, Canada and the 'lower 48', recent years races have drawn entrants from as far away as Germany, Japan, Switzerland and Spain.
In the world of 'mushing', the only people considered nuttier than the mushers are the 'race volunteers'.
Unique to the T200 is a policy which allows mushers not wanting to race the full 200 miles the opportunity to enter as an Amateur Class Musher. Unlike the Pro Class, Am Class mushers don't compete for a share of the purse; they run only the first half of the race; they don't receive any 'qualifying miles'; but, they have a lot of fun, gain experience, (so do the younger dogs) and see some beautiful scenery. Amateur does not mean inexperienced. Any musher not wanting to run the full distance may use this option. (Even former champions, who may use this as a 'proving ground' for younger dogs looking to move up to the 'A' squad.)
The T200 has the largest purse for a 200 mile race, nationwide. An estimated 100 volunteers will contribute time, talent, energy and lots of good humor to make this a successful event.
Spectators can see the dog teams and mushers at the Tustumena Lodge (mile 111 Sterling Hw. Kasilof) and the Clam Shell Lodge (mile 118 Sterling Hw. Clam Gulch).
In preparation for the race, volunteers apply florescent paint and reflective tape to one end of (then place along the trail) over 1,500 pieces of approx. 6' wood lath.