300 is not just for Iditarod aspirants…
The Seney 300 is not just for Iditarod aspirants…
The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is only a dream for most amateur mushers. To reach that goal is a lot of hard work, expense and time commitment, especially for mushers in the lower 48.
Ten years ago after finishing two Iditarods, Al Hardman and Lloyd Gilbertson approached the Iditarod Trail Committee with an idea to hold a “qualifier training run” in the U.P. of Michigan, which would simulate true Iditarod conditions not covered on the racing circuit. From this the Seney 300 was conceived.
For the past ten years the Seney 300 has helped serious Iditarod candidates prepare for the wide range of conditions the Iditarod is famous for. Al Hardman and several other experienced Iditarod finishers along with an Iditarod judge, seasoned volunteer, and vet staff, prepare participants from the packing of drop bags, dog care, personal camping, and time management skills. This one-on-one instruction builds confidence for unassisted team care and management. Several Iditarod finishers, who did the Seney 300, have testified that, they would have not finished if they hadn’t had their skills honed at the Seney.
But what about the Recreational Musher who has no aspiration to run the Iditarod, but would like to have the experience without the long drive to Alaska?
Every year several teams sign up, not to qualify, but to take part in the training and experience. The accomplishment of running several consecutive legs, remote camping, and running high quality trails safely, with backup, and assistance when needed, is as close to the Iditarod experience you can get. Some teams rotate dogs or skip a run for extra rest enjoying the excellent accommodations, good food and friendly staff. It’s a fun time of learning and enjoying the wilderness of the U.P. of Michigan.
This year teams will gather on January 15 – 22 for the eleventh Seney 300. The Seney 300 is a great way to prepare for Iditarod or just enjoy the ultimate adventure Iditarod style.
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