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OT- Iditarod '08

Kinda cool Story. those that follow this kind of thing might find it more interesting.

My parents took a business trip up to Alaska this year and were at the start and Finish of of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

At the end of the race in Nome, my Mom was there when the Winner, Lance Mackey, crossed the line. They immediately strip the booties off the dogs paws and rub them down with Vaseline. My Mom was right there so she picked up 6 of the booties and brought them home to all the Grandkids. now they have each have a bootie from the winning team of the 2008 Iditarod. now granted my kids (5 and 8 y/o) don't really understand the significance of that, but Adults do. just thought I'd share what I thought was pretty cool.

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Cool!

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your Moms a kleptomaniac or a thief?

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your Moms a kleptomaniac or a thief?
definetly not the dog whisperer.. or she would have helped them take care of the dogs...

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Na, just a realist. she just knew that she had nothing to offer, and they didn't want them. I don't think Lance much minded after recieving his $70K check for winning.

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Just bustin' on ya bro!

$70K, is all he got?

Is there visible wear on the booty bottoms? Seems like after X number of steps protecting the pooches feet from the ice/snow, they'd be shot like weekend at Tellico?

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Oh I know

ya there's some wear. Couldn't tell you if they put new booties on each day, or they finish with what they start. If they wore these all the way thru, then I want to know what the material is! cause that means it wears pretty tough. I'll see if I can get some good picts.

oh and $70K is what I saw on the website. I'd still like to take one of those big a$$ checks they give you, to the bank

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There's usually a new pickup in the deal too.

I don't understand how they do it. It takes a lot of money to feed and train those dogs all year - they don't eat dry food from Wally World, you know - and they have to feed a lot of dogs to get a top-notch team. And just living in Alaska is pretty pricey. I guess there's some sponsor money, but I don't see how it could make get a team into the black.

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...not all the teams are based in, or train in Alaska. Many just come up for the race.
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In years past all the top teams trained there year round, and outside teams were the exception. I guess the cost finally got to be too much.

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Smile The Iditarod Statistics

It seems incredible to me that this nation would be so intently focused on endless games of "Thug Ball" throughout the month of March that no major sports media even bothered to mention or give updates on the greatest land race remaining on the planet. Luckily, for those of us who follow the sport of mushing, there was an extensive website which gave all the statistics, and all the news like the snomobile smashing into a team of Siberian Huskies and killing one dog. Yes, most of the teams were from Alaska, but not an overwhelming number. Minnesota had quite a few and there were also a good many foreign entries. Sponsorship is critical just like any other professional sport, and the list of sponsors runs from a dog food mfg to Mr and Mrs Smith private citizen. An 18-year old high school girl was the first-finishing rookie, and a guy who was like ...64, was the second finishing rookie. Lance Mackey FAKED a nap to outwit his competitor and gained 70 irreplaceable minutes on the second place finisher. That nap cost his competition a thousand dollars a minute.

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