by Kevin Wells
Monday, March 3, 2008
SKWENTNA, Alaska -- The leaders of the Last Great Race are making the greatest climb along the trail from Anchorage to Nome.
The first teams, now 24 hours into the race, are presently climbing into the Alaska Range and then descending down into the Interior.
And where there's fire there's definitely smoke.
Matt Hayashida's 70-mile run to Skwentna would definitely qualify as smokin'. Skwentna is the first official checkpoint into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Hayashida's dogs wanted more playing time but coach has a conservative game plan.
"This is one of the longest runs I'll do for awhile," Hayashida said. "This one coming up they can easily handle, but it's a long race"