4x Iditarod Champions
'Tis the season to train dogs!!! Happy Trails Kennel is a streamlined dog trianing operation these days. James Volek and Martin are working with about 50+ adult, heavily experienced, enthusiastic sled dogs. For the first time in several years, we plan to field only one team in the Iditarod.
Martin is midway through his 34th Iditarod, 32 in a row. For more than half his lifetime, he's been negotiating Alaska's grandeur in March. He is, as always, inspired by his canine athletes and seems to be having a fairly clean, conservative run. The average age of the team is four and eight dogs ran last year as yearlings just on a long campout so easing them into a more competitive schedule is the right thing to do. His race plan is to get to Nome as fast as possible with a happy, healthy dog team, which is basically the same as every year. You can follow along at iditarod.com, ktuu.com and adn.com.