Give a musher a choice between traveling down the trail or standing up in front of a crowd of people, it’s guaranteed that the standing up to speak would be the more painful. Some are a bit at ease, but the folks we’ve been following the last few days are a pretty solitary bunch and these banquets are really a means to an end. They’d easily be more at ease in the dog yard.
After a great home cooked Italian meal and some dessert, the crowd of a few hundred listened to mushers regale their experiences on the trail. Unfortunately there were a few scratches this year, but even those folks were allowed to stand up and thank sponsors and friends.
In the end the crowd rose to congratulation Pete and the Team for a job well done.
Thank you to everyone and all of the great sponsors that allow this to happen. It is truly for you and because of your support that this endeavor exists and allows Pete and the Team to be successful. Thanks again and we will see you soon for the 2017 Iditarod!
Go Team Kaiser!