Thursday, March 01, 2007

It's minus 20 degrees in Alaska....that's a good thing

At least it's a good thing for the mushers assembled there for the Iditarod. The race starts Saturday in Anchorage, and takes mushers and their dog sled teams deep into the Alaskan wilderness, over two mountain ranges, frozen rivers and streams, and along the Bering Sea. There are three Colorado mushers in this year's race - Lachlan Clarke of Buena Vista, Bill Pinkham of Glenwood Springs, and Butch Austin of Fruita. Clarke and Pinkham are veterans; Austin is a rookie this year. This year's race looks to be faster than ever, with mushers training their dogs almost year-round. We'll profile Clarke in a story in Sunday's Gazette. And you can follow all three teams at two sites - and

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