We drove up to Willow for the official Iditarod start. Tony's parents were gracious enough to host everyone at their house, so we had lots of good food and good company! Last year it was bitter cold and hard to stay outside long enough to watch each racer go by, but this year it was a pleasant 20 degrees with very little wind! We actually enjoyed being out all afternoon.
Sam and his "rear-D" Army buddies pose on Long Lake with Denali in the background.
We took snow machines from Tony's parents house over to Long Lake to watch the Iditarod racers come by.
We loaded our friend's toddler on the snow machine "village style", meaning we zipped him up in his Dad's coat and drove slowly. He thought it was the coolest thing ever and kept telling us, "go go, go go."
I got to ride on the sled, hauling our grill, chairs and complete tailgating kit behind Tony and Christina. "Mush mush!"
Lance Mackey, the four time champ was predicted to be a contender for the victory again, however this was not his year.
Justin ended up finishing in 39th place with 9 dogs still running. Congrats Justin on becoming an Iditarod Veteran!