Team Winterdance 2017 Yukon Quest

$13,195 of $19.3k goal

Raised by 40 people in 4 months
Hank DeBruin  Haliburton, ON
The chance meeting 23 years ago,  with a crazy, adorable, husky pup named Colt crossed with a book picked up to better understand her, planted the seed of a dream in us to run the epic 1000 mile Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska. 

17 years later that dream became a reality at the starting line of the 2010 Iditarod with our team of 16 Purebred Siberian Huskies and our 4 children who joined our family along the way.  These children knew about the dream to run the Iditarod from the time they were born and dogsledding was simply their life.

In 2011 it was another race that stole our hearts –
The Yukon Quest.  1000 miles of rugged Yukon & Alaskan wilderness - the Klondike trail; the land of Jack London & Robert Service, in many ways untouched with the passing of 100 years.  Known as the Toughest Race on Earth, my team of 14 huskies and I were at home here on the Yukon Quest trail, with the land, the people and the race.

While we went back and ran the 2012 Iditarod it is the Yukon Quest that calls our name at signup time every summer, and we have returned in 2014 & 2016.  February 4th, 2017 will see our team at the starting line in Whitehorse, Yukon again bound for Fairbanks, Alaska for another epic adventure.  For however these races unfold, adventure is a guarantee!

This year’s adventure will have an added bonus of seeing our oldest son Logan who is 17 get to accomplish a dream he has held since he was about 4 years old – to run the Junior Iditarod!  A simplified version of the Iditarod, the Junior Iditarod is organized to allow teenage mushers from 14-17 experience with a large team of dogs (10 dogs) on a section of the Iditarod trail.  The race begins in Wasilla, Alaska and runs 150 miles, like the Iditarod though, no outside help is allowed and teams run through the day and night with a mandatory rest.

What makes these adventures possible though is our fans, both through financial and moral support! Social media is an amazing tool that allows people to follow our team down the trail and us to communicate with them on the adventures & challenges we are having.

 The cost of running the Yukon Quest & Junior Iditarod for our kennel from Ontario is around $20,000.  ($2,500 entry fee, $4,500 in fuel to drive to Alaska & home, $2,500 dog booties, $3,000 dogs food (salmon, steak, hamburg, kibble), $500 plastic for the sled runners, $500 batteries, $2,000 Hank & Logan's gear (head lamps, socks, boot liners, clothing, hand warmers, food) $2,500 meals & accommodations, $1,000 dog health (vitamins/supplements), $700 shipping of drop bags and there are always a few miscellaneous expenses usually related to the truck!!).  We have already raised $800 from our 2017 calendar sales ( www.winterdance.com/calendar.php if you would like to purchase one).   We invite you to be a part of Team Winterdance by contributing to the expenses both in training, travelling to and along the amazing Yukon Quest & Junior Iditarod trails. 

We are once again asking our fans to consider contributing through various levels of support to help get us to the starting lines and along the trail.  From sponsoring your favourite husky (most of the veterans are back with a few rookies, www.winterdance.com/raceteam/raceteam.php) to Hank & Logan's snack bags to Uncle Ward's Timmies coffee, right up to the Quest entry fee that brought us to this point.  

 Hank, Logan, Ward and the team in our Winterdance Dog Truck will be hitting the road January 25th for the 4000 mile drive to Akaska.  We invite you to follow the team and their adventures on our facebook page,   https://www.facebook.com/winterdancedogsledtours/?fref=ts  and through the  GPS Spot Tracker that will be on Hank's sled once the race begins on February 6th,  www.yukonquest.com  .  
Keep an eye out across the country for the truck (especially at Tim Horton's) and give a honk or a wave if you see them on their journey North.  Let the adventures begin!
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Update 1
Posted by Hank DeBruin
1 month ago
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Contest to win a trip for us to the Yukon Quest start line ends tomorrow night (January 15th) at midnight. Thank you to all who have supported the team so far and are now entered in the draw!

Team is doing great, nice to be on snow early this year. We are just waiting for Scully to be able to join us again after an emergency dental surgery this week.

Drop bags all shipped yesterday and should be in Whitehorse by Wednesday. Dogs, Logan, Ward & I will be pulling out the driveway around January 26th - Yukon Quest bound!
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$13,195 of $19.3k goal

Raised by 40 people in 4 months
Created October 20, 2016
$2,500
Entrance Fee
1 of 1 left
The start of the expenses for this epic journey. Be a major contributor by covering the sign up fee & visit the kennel for a private tour to meet Hank & team.
$500
Dawson City 36
3 of 4 left
36 hr layover straw & massages for huskies, hotel & hot shower for Hank & a great meal at the Drunken Goat Warm tent for Ward/Logan under the northern lights
$250
Husky Sponsor
20 of 23 left
Sponsor your favourite Husky http://www.winterdance.com/raceteam/ Receive a picture of your dog & come for a kennel visit to meet Hank & the team next summer
$130
Fuel the Truck
27 of 30 left
Over 14,000km Haliburton - Whitehorse-Dawson-Whitehorse-Fairbanks-Circle- Fairbanks- Anchorage-Haliburton! That is a lot of driving & gas, even at lower prices
$100
Husky Snacks
19 of 25 left
Nutrition is key to our elite athletes! Huskies eat before Hank eats or rests (musher rule #1). The menu? Steak & salmon snacks, ground beef and kibble soup.
$75
Logan's Gear
10 of 10 left
Jr Iditarod is Logan's first distance race and 1st in Alaska. Under Armour, boots, jacket, it all adds up Help Logan get to his first, of hopefully many races.
$50
Husky Care
35 of 40 left
Happy and healthy huskies on the trail need 1500 booties,Vitamins B & E, Zantac (honest - keeps their tummies happy), custom foot ointment & Gold Bond powder
$25
Musher Snacks
10 of 15 left
Hank & Logan need snacks too, Chocolate, trail mix, bacon, apple pie, pepperettes, Christmas cake, brownies, energy drinks and don't forget the chocolate!
$10
Timmies Stops
17 of 20 left
Supreme handler, Uncle Ward & Hank love their Tim Horton's coffee,(what Canadian doesn't understand this?) Where there is a Tim's our Dog truck will stop!
V
$250
Victoria
2 days ago (Offline Donation)

Howler says thank you for sponsoring her!!

C
$100
Christine
2 days ago (Offline Donation)
$100
Catherine Toole
19 days ago

Good luck to Hank and Logan and all the dogs! Haliburton is my home town, so we have to stick together!

SM
$50
Susanne Morrissey
20 days ago

I wish Hank and his beautiful team all the best for His Yukon Quest Send lots of updates and pictures. Love hearing your details on this amazing journey. Cheers, Susan Morrissey

$100
Anonymous
25 days ago
$50
Anonymous
27 days ago
DF
$150
Dave Freeman
27 days ago

Good Luck Hank and Logan. Jean, Cathie, Elizabeth, David, Richard, Jeanette and Nicole Freeman Haliburton Lake

MH
$250
Marilyn Hubley
29 days ago (Offline Donation)
GS
$300
Great Lakes Storage
29 days ago (Offline Donation)

Logan greatly appreciates your support! Thank you!

LR
$250
Lexi & Mazee Reeder
1 month ago (Offline Donation)

Scully thanks her new sponsors!!!

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