Getting ready for the big sporting event of the year: Montana's Race to the Sky. The official start is back in it's traditional place, just outside of Helena at Rimini. The 350 mile long race is the most mountainous race in North America, so is very challenging for the dog teams and mushers. It's also the longest sled trail in the lower 48 states. These dogs, shown here in the early morning golden sunlight, were waiting for their vet checks. They are all really friendly huskies, some with a little malamute in their blood. These two were singing ... all the dogs were extremely vocal, with a seemingly huge vocabulary. It was fun to shot the series. You can see the slideshow of the set I made or just click on the photo to see the set on flickr.