Or so the story goes…
Dean Osmar tells a different story. He originally started the race for local mushers; more specifically for his son, Tim, a 4 time Jr. Iditarod champion, to acquire the 500 race miles needed to compete in the Iditarod.
Evy became a huge part of the T200 and wouldn’t be allowed to leave for five years. An eloquent speaker, Evy began a five-year campaign to make this small town race become the best known on the Peninsula. Becoming a qualifying race for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was one of the finest moments in our race’s childhood. Drawing mushers from as far away as Australia, the T200 has truly evolved into one of the great races.
John and Suzie Cook, owners of the official starting point of the race (The Tustumena Lodge), have so generously given the time and space, once a year, to put up with a bunch of noisy dogs in their parking lot. This couple has become such an integral part of the race, it couldn’t be called the T200 without them.
Beginning with 10 – 15 local teams, the T200 has grown to 25 – 30 teams, many from around the state, as well as other countries. Originally having a race “purse” of one case of beer, the race now has an estimated purse of $20,000. It sure has come a long way.
In The Beginning
God created the Heavens and the Earth.
And God said,
“Let there be light.” And there was light.
Then God said,
“Let the waters abound with an abundance of living
creatures. And let the birds fly above the Earth.”
Then God said,
“Let us make man in our own image,
according to our likeness.”
So God created man in his own image;
in the image of God, He created them;
male and female He created them.
Then Adam said unto God,
“Thou hast given us everything,
and yet we are lonely in our company.”
And God drew forth from himself the greatest force,
and created… the dog.
And it was good. That was the sixth day.
On the seventh day, they mushed.
And it was fun.