With fall colors of yellow and red smothering the valley floor, snow has begun to fall on the peaks of the mountains around our homestead here in Denali Park, Alaska. The dogs feel the coolness and know that the time is near to begin training in earnest for the 2012 Iditarod.
Already the dogs’ coats have filled out and their appetites sharpened, as our training runs have hit three miles daily. As soon as our summer dog tourist season winds down by the end of this month, it will be five mile runs that the team will be exercising for ten miles a day, five days a week. This is the 35th time I have approached the Alaskan fall season to prepare a world class sled dog team for the coming race season, and it is still exciting.
I am very excited to welcome SportDOG to our list of cherished sponsors. The Canine Athlete supplements provided are now a daily part of the feeding and care program and we look forward to reporting on their performance over the coming weeks and months. Check Back often for updates on my training program as Iditarod 2012 approaches.
Jeff King 4X Iditarod Champion
Jeff King is recognized as the “Winningest Musher in the World.” His victories include not only the 1,049 mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race in 1993, 1996, 1998, and 2006, but also over two dozen first place finishes in races all across Alaska. During the past 20 years, Jeff has logged more than 100,000 miles on a dog sled. Jeff will be going for a fifth Iditarod win March 2012.