For Iditarod Rookies, Some Surprises and Tough Lessons

Mushers. Best friends. Rookies.Mike Ellis and Paige Drobny, both of Fairbanks, are used to talking dog racing together. For years both have trained in the same areas and run the same races. In preparation for their rookie Iditarod Sled Dog Race runs this year, they both talked shop. Ellis, with his team thick-coated pure-bred Siberian Huskies, and Drobny, with her team of speedier Alaskan huskies, planned different run and rest schedules for the race — and, consequently, didn’t expect to see much of each other. Read more here:


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