This Week’s Top Athletes, Not Who You Would Expect.

Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

This Week’s Top Athletes, Not Who You Would Expect.

This week’s top athletes are not from Seattle or Denver.

They are not as well paid as a Seahawk, or a Bronco.

They seldom get national media coverage.

Yet they are very happy just to do what they do, which is to run, eat, and wait to be petted and served by the people who work for them.

18 teams of these championship athletes took off in a frenzy from Fairbanks Alaska yesterday heading for Whitehorse in the Yukon where they expect to start arriving in about 10 days.

I always am amazed watching these folks enjoying their sport, when they take off at the start it takes a dozen big people to hold them back at the starting gate as they jump up and down begging to get going.

I am equally amazed at how excited and enthusiastically they prance into each checkpoint and through the finish line, looking ready to take on another run.

The two things that they do appreciate even more than the love of their humans, is great food and cold weather.

They eat some fantastic food which their humans stop periodically along the trail to cook for them in a big boiling kettle along with lots of frozen meat treats in between lunch stops.

They like it cold, 40 below is best, 0 is tolerable, but if it gets up into the 20s or above they start to whine and look for a place to take a break in the shade.  This kind of weather slows down all of the teams as they look for rest stops during the day and make up time running through the night when the temperature is colder.

Of course these conditions are tough on the humans who work for them, running along with the athletes, and doing all of the cooking, camping, bedding and pampering in temperatures that make the fingers reluctant to work well, but they do it anyway because they love their athletes.

Enjoy the video below of the Yukon Quest Dog Race and take a break from the superbowl frenzy today and throughout the week to enjoy some athletes who do it just for the love of the sport.




Comments (15)

Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

You are correct they are fantastic.  I am a dog lover and those are special.

Feb 02, 2014 09:48 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Wow Bob! those are some good looking dogs. It is nice to see a team work together so completely and seeming like they enjoy it. 

Feb 02, 2014 10:09 AM
Robert Fowler -
President of Retirement Media Inc. - Braselton, GA
55+, Active Adult and Retirement Communities

I am in Atlanta; maybe I could learn how to do this too and be ready for our next snow dusting.

Feb 02, 2014 10:46 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Dogs that do this, really love it. They are amazing to watch. 

Feb 02, 2014 11:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love this post, you are bringing up something beautiful and a team that works as a synchronized team to win the race.  Those dogs are amazing, as are the humans who race with them. A

Feb 02, 2014 12:06 PM
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
35 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Bob, this is an awesome post. I echo the above comments about teamwork. To be out in nature and so close to your dogs like that - that must be an amazing feeling. Great video!

Feb 02, 2014 01:34 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Some dogs, like some horses, just love to run - and to win.

Feb 02, 2014 03:24 PM
Eric Galuppo
Real Estate Rev - More Leads Means More Revenue

An awesome dog racing. I’ve enjoyed the videos. I wish I could watch this live!


Feb 02, 2014 05:28 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for stopping by folks, the teams are nearly a quarter of the way along now with the leaders at about 270 miles and traveling down the Yukon River to Dawson.

A Realtor friend of mine, Sterling Strathe, has a son in this race who is currently in 4th place, very good for his second running of this race.

Below is the official video from the start on Saturday, for more current clips from here and there check in on their fb page and get links to everything.



Feb 03, 2014 04:50 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Great videos Bob, this looks like a really cool event, and I'm sure they're the only athletes that prefer that kind of weather

Feb 03, 2014 07:36 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks John, almost the only ones who prefer it cold, those Packers also claim that they have a competitive advantage in the subzero climate.

Feb 03, 2014 10:04 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Bob, that's quite a race for the dogs.  My sister in-law has a Huskie and is happiest outside in the winter

Feb 03, 2014 01:43 PM
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

Such an awesome annual event.  There should be more coverage for these races I agree!

Feb 03, 2014 11:46 PM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Looks like they are half way there and still having a blast, Go Doggies Go!

Feb 06, 2014 06:42 AM
Nicholas Crane
Woodland Companies - Cadott, WI
Managing & Appraising Forest Land

Thanks for sharing these reports, our clients gain value from of this type of information.



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