"It beats going to work every day," - Musher Bill Korawloer
Racing through the snow in a dog-run open sleigh, over the hills they go with 95 miles left in their way. It’s nothing these dogs can’t handle. Musher Ryan Redington Says, "Right not they got a little over eleven hundred miles on them
Winning the race starts with a relationship. Defending Champion Aaron Peck says, "It's the connection with the dog. Them understanding what you, what you want from them and they aim to please. These dogs want to do their best for you."
It’s a relationship that first blossoms after those long summer hours of training. "In the summer my dogs run on a wheeled sled and so we run 5 days a week during the summer and then in the winter time we run about 3-4 days a week," Redington said, while Peck agrees. "We're 24-7, 365. You know chores in the dog yard, interaction with these dogs."
These dogs aren’t typically the ones you would see in a movie. Hollywood often uses Siberian Huskies and mushers say although those dogs are durable they aren’t the fastest in the world; let’s not forget this is a sled dog race. Musher Bill Korawloer says, "Once you run a litter at 6 months the fastest dog is always the fastest dog that will never change."
Although, what drives a musher to go and spend countless hours in the cold and snow? "It beats going to work every day," Korawloer said.
Some are just born into it. "My Grandpa Joe Redington Sr. he was the founder of the Iditarod. So it's kind of bread into me just like the dogs. My mom's side and my dad's side, three generations of dog mushers," Redington said.