Today was the beginning of the herculean effort done by thousands of volunteers each year prior to the dogs hitting the trail on Saturday March 2nd. 33 volunteers, some of them having been doing this for 26 years, spent the better part of a day bagging 1500 bales of straw and 68 bales of hay. All for the sake of the dogs. Jennifer Ambrose, the lead volunteer, had the group well-greased in an assembly-line style fashion which made the work quick and easy. As usual for me it was “old home week” as I rubbed elbows with the people I have the privilege of working with every year. It was a flurry of activity, so shooting the photos was fast and furious. It was such fun watching these folks work and laugh and talk about the race to come.