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Morning Update

Lance Mackey (47) has a two hour lead on Sebastian Schnuelle (34) on the trail to the coast. Sab is apparently interested in pairing his Yukon Quest win with an Iditarod win. The other leaders are still in Kaltag. This is a 90 mile leg of the trail, so they will have to stop at some point to feed and rest the teams, if nothing else.

Rob Loveman (50) did not scratch at Ophir, he was withdrawn under “rule 36” for not showing sufficient zeal apparently. We’ll have to wait to find out what that’s all about, because they pulled the plug on him while he was taking his mandatory 24-hour stop and he had only recently dropped to the “red lantern” position.

6 comments

1 Cathy O\'Connor { 03.15.09 at 11:43 am }

I follow the Iditarod every year also. I’ve never seen anyone pulled from the race for not showing enough enthusiasm! I’m still working on putting together my team of cats for the race. Is there a rule against that?? 😉

2 Bryan { 03.15.09 at 5:21 pm }

If you ever manage to get a team together, I want to see it, Cathy. When I tried to put a harness on Sox [pictured below on the blog] he goes catatonic and refuses to move.

On a weight basis it would take about six dozen cats, so it would be an interesting experiment.

The guy paid $4K to enter, which shows a lot of enthusiasm to me.

3 JuanitaM { 03.15.09 at 6:17 pm }

Six dozen cats strapped together! Now there’s a scary thought….

I have this vision of them ending up looking like a ball of rubber bands.

In the other news, I wonder how one tells the difference between “lack of enthusiasm” and “dead tired”?

4 Bryan { 03.15.09 at 10:58 pm }

… or just laying in front of the sled with a “surely, you jest” look on their faces.

I’m hoping that someone expands on that terse announcement, because it seems like a totally subjective standard.

5 Kryten42 { 03.16.09 at 12:45 am }

I’m still working on putting together my team of cats for the race. Is there a rule against that??

Hahahahahahaha…. Cathy… That made my day!! LOL Thanks, really! 😀

or just laying in front of the sled with a “surely, you jest” look on their faces.

Bryan, I just wanna see anyone try to get a bunch of cats to do ANYTHING in -30F and snow! LOL I suspect anyone trying would be looking at a blood transfusion and skin grafts pretty quick! LOL

That Rob Loveman thing sounds very weird to me!! Hmmm… Be interesting to get the real story. 🙂

6 Bryan { 03.16.09 at 12:57 am }

I think they are lucky in the Loveman case that he is a physicist and not a lawyer. They guys who run the race have become really corporate this year.

I know people whose cats will go out to play in the snow … for a few minutes, but I don’t know anyone with a cat who worries about them running off when the temperature drops below 50°F.

I would guess that the Norwegian Forest Cat would probably be OK, but they tend not to like crowds.