Very exciting! I've always been a HUGE fan of the Iditarod but it was particularly fun to watch a Jamaican run the race! And Newton Marshall did a spectacular job with his talented dog team. One would think he would never again want to spend 10 days or so stuck out in that snow, but he's doing it again. Go Newton! If you want to see how Newton fared in this year's race, put "Newton Marshall" in the SEARCH bar and check out my earlier posts. :yes:
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Jamaica Dogsled Team Musher Newton Marshall to Run the 2011 Iditarod
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Mon, Jun 28, 2010
June 28, 2010 (Ocho Rios, Jamaica) – On Saturday in Alaska, Newton Marshall of the Jamaica Dogsled Team (JDT) officially signed on to test his skills on the 2011 Iditarod. This will be the second time Marshall has run the Iditarod.
Four-time champion Lance Mackey, who will once again be training Marshall as he prepares for the race, was on-hand in Wasilla to deliver the required documentation.
Marshall was one of 46 mushers to sign up for the 2011 race on Saturday – including an impressive field that includes four past winners and eight of the top ten finishers in 2010. Marshall will be looking to improve on his 47th place finish this past March.
“I really enjoyed running the Iditarod earlier this year and am proud to be the first person from the Caribbean to finish the race,” said Marshall. “I can’t wait to return to Alaska to run the Iditarod next year. Lance always has great teams ready and I hope to finish even better than I did last year!”
This year the Jamaica Dogsled team is expected to have three mushers racing in Canada and the US in both sprint and long distance races. Marshall will for the first time race in the lower 48 in a number of races including the 2011 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Wyoming. Damion Robb and newest musher Jermaine Burford will train with Ken Davis of Elfstone Kennels and compete in sprint races in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario.
JDT sponsors include: Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Chukka Caribbean Adventures, WestJet Vacations, Alpine Aviation, Northern Lights Optometry, Cottey College, Annamaet Petfoods, and the Jamaica Tourist Board.
From Jamaica Dogsled Team - Press.