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Robert Forto of Willow, Alaska will race in the Knik 200 Sled Dog Race in January.
Robert Forto takes his first step in qualifying for the Iditarod.
Forto, 41, is the owner/operator of Team Ineka and is competing in several mid-distance sled dog races in the 2012-2013 with his sights set on qualifying for the 2014 Iditarod. Forto has been a musher since 1994 and moved to Alaska in 2010 to pursue his life-long goal of running in the Iditarod.
The Knik 200, as it is popularly known, covers 200 miles and is an Iditarod & Yukon Quest sanctioned race -- meaning the mushers who finish this race have completed a necessary step in meeting the qualifications for running the much longer races. As a result, this race attracts some of the top contenders from the longer races. The race starts on Saturday January 5, 2013.
“I have worked for more than a decade to get to the starting line of this race,” says Forto.
Team Ineka is a family run long distance mushing kennel in Willow, Alaska. The kennel is comprised of 30 Alaskan Huskies and Siberian Huskies with Neff, Baker, Osmar and Scheer lines.
Follow Forto's progress at Team Ineka (http://teamineka.com)