Bill Gallea at the start of othe Seeley-Monture
100-mile sled dog race. Gallea, of Seeley Lake,
finished first with Seeley Lake's Cindy Ogden
taking second place.
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
February 4, 1999
The Seeley-Monture 100 was a great success. The field of nine dog teams came from Montana and Washington.
The 104-mile race started on Jan. 30 in downtown Seeley Lake and Bill Gallea was the first team to finish at 5:55 AM on Sunday.
The winner covered the course at an average speed of 10 miles per hour.
Cindy Ogden came in second about 30 minutes behind the winner. Cindy Ogden also won the Best Cared for Team Award for the care and condition of her ten-dog team.
The dog mushers awarded the Sportsmanship Award to Rick Larson for his assistance to other mushers at the turn around.
Heidi Cox, from Huson, MT, was the youngest musher in the race at 17. She used this race as a primer for the 180-mile long Junior Iditarod in Alaska that she will compete in later this month.
Steve Madsen brought a team of Samoyed dogs from Toutle, WA. While the Samoyed team may not have been the fastest, they were the most photographed.
Numerous volunteers were on hand at the start, turn-around, and finish line. A special thanks goes to the Race Marshall, George Geotsalitis from LaGrange, IL and race photographer, Jeralyn Johnson from Tucson, AZ. Norman Lee from Seeley Lake provided the administrative support services for the race.
A special thanks goes to Seeley Lake area businesses for their monetary and product support. .
The following is the list of finishers and their trail times: Bill Gallea, 10:12; Cindy Ogden, 10:39; Jeanne Morton, 10:56; Rob Greger, 11:11; Rick Larson 11:15; Heidi Cox, 12:16; Kevin Guinn, 13:40; Jim Malen, 17:48; and Steve Madsen, 22:02.