A Magic Musher and His Sled Dog Stars

“We are of one spirit — the energy, the adventure,” says this musher of Alaskan sled dogs. And they’d all better be pulling in the same direction because that strength-in-unity factor is needed when it’s 60 degrees below zero, winds are blowing at 50 miles an hour, and you’ve got a thousand miles to go before you reach home.Hugh Neff, a 45-year-old transplant from Chicago who now resides in the tiny village of Tok, knows what its like to be behind a sled in those kinds of conditions. After being an also-ran in 1,000-mile races 20 times, Neff finally took top prize in the 2012 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in nine days, 16 hours, and five minutes, crossing the finish line a mere 26 seconds against the second place team — the closest finish ever in what is considered the toughest sled dog race in the world.Read more here: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/article/magic-musher-and-his-sled-dog-stars-145966


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