Category Archives: 2014

Sponsors, sponsors, sponsors… and updates

It’s been snowing the last two days, and the decision about this year’s Solstice race will be taken shortly. Until this week, the outlook was very bleak! Stay posted.

Meanwhile, the season is underway. A record 342 dogs (and 4 cats) were vaccinated against rabies (full report to follow), trails are being inspected and repaired after this destructively wet summer, and our board has been busily asking for sponsors.

We’re particularly happy to welcome back our local mushing supplies store, Cold Spot Feeds, who have been a great support to our club over many years.

Cold Spot logo 4 CMYKWe’ve also had some great response to our new for bib sponsorships and will publish the list shortly. Want to become a sponsor? Don’t know what a bib sponsorship is? See our sponsorship flyer!

Our you could come to our December meeting, tonight (Wed. Dec 3) at 7 pm at the Two Rivers Lodge.

2014 Rabies Vaccination Clinic

As in previous years, the TRDMA is orgnaising a rabies vaccination clinic run by Dr. Jeanne Olson of Raven Veterinary Clinic, North Pole. It will take place on Saturday. November 15, 2014 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Two Rivers Community Center (behind the Pleasant Valley Store, milepost 23). You can get your pet or whole kennel vaccinated for the low cost of $10 per dog or $15 per cat (prices subject to change based on the price of the vaccine). Payment by cash or check, please. (There is an ATM at the Laudromat at mile 24 CHSR available.)

To help getting everyone served without long waiting times, please pre-register and bring a kennel animal list. Here is how it works:

Step 1

Complete the form below (or go to the form on a new page).

Step 2

Download the animal list form, print it out at home, complete it, and bring it along. (We will have forms on hand during the event.)

Step 3

Show up with your whole gang!


2014 General meeting and board election: please read!

The TRDMA May meeting took place Monday May 5, 2014. According to our by-laws, this is the meeting where we hold yearly board elections. This post is an informal version of the meeting minutes.

The short message is: Both the outgoing and the incoming board are extremely worried about the low number of volunteers, both for events and to sit on the board. The TRDMA can only be what the community makes of it, and we’ve operated for too long with very limited resources. If the situation doesn’t improve, the future for our local races looks bad.

Meeting report

The meeting started at 7 pm at the Two Rivers School

Becky Cummings
Chris Waigl
Greg Stoddard
Jack Studer
Jason Weitzel
Sandra Kramps
Stacy Snyder
Stephanie Ehlenfeldt

Bill McKee (personal reasons)
Edie Forest (traveling)

The situation of the club


  • Our events attract considerable numbers of participants.
  • We are getting compliments for the quality of our trail work and friendliness.
  • Last year the monthly meeting were all in all better attended than the two previous years.
  • We have been attracting some new volunteers, and checkpoint management and sponsorships have improved.
  • The trail team, despite the ugly November storm that downed so many trees and the loss of the long-standing trail boss, has being going very strong.


  • We don’t have enough volunteers to fill all the roles that are needed to put on a race.
  • There are in particular not enough members interested in filling board positions.
  • We have too few long-standing volunteers. At the moment, we are losing long-standing volunteers.
  • New volunteers aren’t feeling very welcome. They aren’t trained properly and tend to burn out too quickly.
  • The few long-standing volunteers tend to get over-committed and work themselves into a state of exhausted exhaustion during events.
  • We don’t have the capacity to plan ahead to develop deeper relationships with sponsors, renew bibs, or organize GPS tracking, or trail mapping, or many other useful things.
  • We are not currently attracting as volunteers the many young mushers in the community. In part, this is because they want to run the races.

The absence of board candidates was of particular concern to the outgoing board. For this reason, the outgoing board decided that if it was not possible to elect a board in the May meeting, the club would be dissolved by June 1.

Board elections

In the discussion preceding board elections, everyone present agreed that they would be available as volunteers and to train new volunteers, if work and personal commitments allowed.

Stephanie offered to assist the future secretary. She will organize the rabies clinic as in the previous years, and suggested we should re-visit the idea of a (monthly?) newsletter (on paper and mailed to members), which she would help with.
Edie (absent) passed on the note via Stephanie that she would take on the role of volunteer coordinator. This was very warmly welcomed as such a role could help alleviate many of the issues surrounding volunteer recruitment and retention.
Chris also offered to continue assisting the future secretary. She isn’t a candidate for the office, as she needs to concentrate on the web site maintenance. She offered to be a race manager for the Chatanika Challenge race, ideally together with a coordinating team.

There was discussion about whether it was preferable to give the community a jolt by dissolving the club, maybe freeing the path for a completely new group of people to become active, or by trying to build on what we currently have.

Eventually a motion was made, to vote for new board members for the season 2014/2015.

President: Stacy
Vice president: Becky
Treasurer: Greg
Secretary: still open
Member at large: still open

This result means that the club is going on for the time being.

Following the election we also discussed the idea that we should be putting on *only* the events that we can adequately staff with volunteers, even taking the risk that maybe we would cancel a big race if necessary.

Discussion following the election

Paperwork — Chris and Sandra will take care of filing the biennial report with the State of Alaska (EDITOR’S NOTE: This has happened.)
Paperwork — Stacy, Becky and Scott Chesney will get together about other official paperwork that is outstanding. (EDITOR’S NOTE: This has been initiated since the meeting.)
Paperwork — Becky and Greg need to get together to get Greg the signature authority. Becky should keep hers so that two people are authorized to sign checks and can relay each other.

Thank-you notes: Bill is producing picture frames. Chris to look for the club’s letters from previous years. Stacy to send them out.

The time of the monthly meeting (Monday night) is not working for a few people. We can move it.

We also decided, that a membership sign-up should include from now on some kind of volunteer commitment. We will also post on our website, that we are in need of more volunteers, in order to be able to organize races.

The meeting was concluded by 9 pm.

2014 Chatanika Challenge – less than 2 weeks to go!

We just updated the 2014 Two Rivers 100/200 (Chatanika Challenge) page with a musher listing — a great field it is! As of today, the following mushers are confirmed for sign-up.

Two Rivers 200 mile race

  1. Joanna Jagow
  2. Mary Helwig
  3. Patrick Beall
  4. Jeff Deeter
  5. Kristin Knight Pace
  6. Rolland Trowbridge
  7. Will Rhodes
  8. Stephanie Ehlenfeldt
  9. Alan Eischens
  10. Steve Watkins
  11. Benjamin Good
  12. Shaynee Seipke
  13. Zoya Denure
  14. Thomas Lesatz
  15. Jessie Holmes

Two Rivers 100 mile race

  1. Derek Patton

(We have contacted a few of them for some clarifications, so please come back to us. Also, if you have signed up but are missing above, please send email to so that we can sort out the situation.)

Because of scarce parking this year at Chatanika Lodge, the field is limited to 25 mushers. So if you want to sign up yet, please do so as soon as possible.

Details of trail conditions and layout, as well as a confirmation of time and place of mushers’ meeting and banquet will be posted within the next few days.

We also need volunteers! If you can spare some time, or could do some photocopying or printing for us, please either send email to or contact us via the Facebook page.

We also need funds to feed our snow machines, buy supplies and pay fees! You can support us by becoming a member, or by using the Donate! button in the side bar of this page.