ANCHORAGE, Alaska—The 11 rookies planning to run the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race visited Anchorage this weekend, for the mandatory rookie meeting at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel.
The meeting’s purpose is to make sure those set for the 1,000-mile trip to Nome know how to properly prepare their dog team, as well as how to keep their dogs and themselves safe.
Race veterans impart knowledge they've learned over the years, and 19-year-old rookie Cain Carter had his ears open -- although the stepson of Iditarod legend Lance Mackey always has veteran advice close at hand.
“Lance has taught me a lot. I've been running dogs since I was 10, and I’m only 19; that's only nine years, but I've learned a lot in those nine years, and I plan to keep learning from him,” Carter said. “He says he doesn't know if he's going to keep running dogs, but I know I’m going to keep running dogs, so as long as he keeps teaching me, I’m going to keep going.”
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