Archive for March, 2008

Jen and Blake Finished the Race and Set a New Record!

March 14, 2008

Blake and Jen FrekingJennifer and Blake Freking have finished in 50th and 51st place in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and set a new record for Siberian Husky teams racing in the Iditarod. Blake’s Siberian team finished the race in 11 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes and 36 seconds–sliding past the previous record set by Shawn Sidelinger in 1998 of 12 days and 8 minutes.

An all Siberian Husky team was once the standard in sled racing, but it has since fallen to the leaner, agile hybrid Alaskan Husky and other mixed breeds made up of greyhounds, labs, and pointers.

Stunt Puppy is proud of Blake, Jennifer, their dogs performance, and their perseverance in the face of grief. Being a part of Blake and Jennifer’s amazing journey across the Alaskan trail has truly been an honor.

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Jen’s Story Makes News

March 12, 2008

News organizations around the world have picked up the accident story of Jen Freking and the snowmobile that ran into her team on Sunday, March 9th. Here are a few examples:

KARE 11–Minneapolis, MN

ABC News–Alaska

Race update: After nine days, 11 hours, 46 minutes, 48 seconds on the trail (official time), Lance Mackey has won his 2nd consecutive Iditarod Sled Race. Jeff King is the second musher to arrive in Nome. Jen and Blake are currently stand in 56 and 57 out of 82 musher still in the race.

Tragedy on the Trail

March 10, 2008

Sunday, March 9th, around 10pm, Jen and Blake Freking were camping along the Yukon river between Nulato and Galena when they were hit by a snowmobile. The machine was going about 40mph and crashed into the stopped team. Jen’s dog Lorne was killed and her dog Aries was been seriously injured. Aries has been airlifted to Wasilla Vet Clinic. After careful consideration, Blake and Jen have decided to continue on to Nome. Their focus is not on the competition, but to safely travel the trail together.

Lorne–A Good Dog Will Be Missed.

It is devastating to lose such a sweet, hardworking dog like Lorne. Our hearts go out to Blake and Jen and we wish Aries a speedy recovery.

More Iditarod Pictures

March 7, 2008

Blake and Jen Freking are working their way down the trail. Together, they are holding strong at 54 and 55, respectively. Two pictures of Jen were featured in the March 6th photo gallery:

Jen getting hot water

Jen massaging the dog’s foot

Iditarod Race Update

March 3, 2008

Blake at the ceremonial start of the 2008 Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska

Today is day 3 in the frozen tundra and our friends, Blake and Jennifer Freking, are moving toward the front of the pack. Their starting positions were numbers 54 and 60, respectively. Out of the 95 racers still on the trail, Blake, Jennifer, and their amazing dogs had moved up to positions 41 and 42 and then back down to numbers 57 and 58. It’s still early in the race, but clearly, it will be a challenging journey.

Frog and Coho resting

A photo of Jen and Blake’s dogs, Frog and Coho, was featured in the March 2nd image gallery on the official Iditarod website. Click here to see all the images (Frog and Coho are number 13 in the March 2nd gallery). To check out the rest of the race action for yourselves, visit www.iditarod.com

Keep up the great work, Team!