Current UP200 Mushers

Welcome to the Current 2017 UP200 Mushers. Please take the opportunity to view the musher bios, and if you have a question don’t hesitate to email us.

We are in the process of updating Musher Information. If you would like to update your information please send updates with profile picture to Pam Forsberg.


1. Andre Longchamps, Pont-Rouge, Quebec

Kennel Name: Trilongmiles Kennel
Sponsors: none
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan aubut / Longchamps bloodline
Lead Dog(s): Mousse, Bob, Major
Number of Years Racing: 15
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? By my father who was involved by his father also. family things
Where have you raced? Can Am 250 many many times, Fermont race twice, UP200 2016, Greenville, Eagle lake…
Have a training or race experience to share? Not really


2. Sylvain Robillard, St.-Gabriel de Brandon, Quebec

Kennel Name: Crazyhorse Kennel
Sponsors: Myself
Major Breed or Bloodline: Robillard bloodline
Lead Dog(s): ROSCO, PAXON, CHARLOTTE
Number of Years Racing: 23
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? My fun is racing my dogs and meeting my musher friends . I will try for the first time the UP200. IT’S MY LONGEST race ever.  My goal is to complete this race with all my dogs healthy and happy
Where have you raced? Wyoming stage stop two time .
Copper Dog 150
Eagle Lake 100
Greenville 100
Fort Kent 100
St-Pamphille 100
Fermont 120

Have a training or race experience to share?  All racing I do is an adventure.  I want to do my best and reach my goal with a smile and good spirit.


3. Martin Massicotte, St.-Tite, Quebec

Kennel Name: Patriotes Kennel
Sponsors: KANUK
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Magic and Amick
Number of Years Racing: 20
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I like to be in the wilderness with my dog team and cross long distances with them. I like to see them evolve through the training.
Where have you raced? 2016 UP200 – second place
Can Am Crown 250(Maine) – 7 times champion, First in the last 3 years
Hudson Bay Quest 2015(Churchill, Manitoba) – Champion
Defi Taiga 2016(Fermont, Quebec) – Champion
Yukon Quest 2003 – 6th place

Have a training or race experience to share? In the Yukon Quest 2003, a race of 1000 miles, I completed the last 500 miles with frostbite on 8 of my 10 fingers. And I received the prize of the Rookie of the Year.


4. Sally Manikian, Shelburne, New Hampshire

Kennel Name: Shady Pines Sled Dogs
Sponsors: Friends and Individual contributions
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Bayley, Hyside, Wembley, Ellie. Ariel
Number of Years Racing: 5
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I grew up in a household with only cats and no dogs at all, but with a love of winter wilderness and hard work, I found myself at a tour company giving rides. I loved the dogs personalities, their eagerness and joy, and their honesty. After four years, I was able to start my own team, and started racing because it is such a wonderful opportunity to be among other mushers and celebrate the sport and all the energy that goes into it. Races are an amazing celebration, and takes such an impressive volume of volunteers. What keeps me in the sport is the support of so many friends and family. I am also the caregiver for my disabled brother and sister, so it is a very full life and the dogs keep me going!
Where have you raced? I have raced in New England, at the Can Am 250 and others, and last year I came out to the UP200 for the first time and absolutely LOVED the experience.
Have a training or race experience to share?  Last year (2015-16) was a horrendous year for snow training in New England. We only had a few snowfalls and it was very warm. Desperate to get on a sled, I ran on so many plowed roads and ice patches. There was one run we did that really stuck out, it was a 10 dog team and it was getting dark and we were checking out new trails. There were so many things that went ‘wrong’: we missed a turn and ended up on a plowed road, we crossed open icy water, and there more than a few sharp turns. What went ‘right’ was that the team performed beautifully like it was all no big deal. We finished as the sun was setting, and the wind was blowing. As I fed and cared for the dogs, and broke down gear, I hugged each one of the dogs and thanked them for the adventure and the work. It was us alone in the wilderness, I felt the expanse of openness around us. It reminded me that the best runs are some of the most challenging and adventurous ones, those times where it shows me just how close these bonds are. Every action matters. It is beautiful and such a gift.


5. Carl P. Routhier, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

Kennel Name: Aiguebelle’s Kennel
Sponsors: Aiguebelle’s Kennel
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Clark, Qimmiq, Konrad, Victor, Minus…
Number of Years Racing: 5th
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Adventure and love for dogs
Where have you raced? Michigan and Minnesota
Have a training or race experience to share? Lost my team goin’ up a hill in Beargrease Marathon 2016!?! Caught up with them half a mile further down the trail… to cut it short!?!


6. Denis Tremblay, St. Michel-des-Saints, Quebec

Kennel Name: Makamic
Sponsors: Vision Nouvelle
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Sol, Boris
Number of Years Racing: 20+
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Trapping
Where have you raced? UP200 5 times
Can-Am 250 10 times
Yukon Quest 1000 2 times
Have a training or race experience to share? Not really.


7. Blake Freking, Finland, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Manitou Crossing Kennels
Sponsors: none
Major Breed or Bloodline: Siberian Husky
Lead Dog(s): Orville, Eagle
Number of Years Racing: 17
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I was always interested in sleddog sports and began skijouring for fun. I had an opportunity to handle at a kennel in Alaska and have had sleddogs ever since.
Where have you raced? Iditarod, Alaska
Yukon Quest, Canada/Alaska
Beargrease, Minnesota
Race to the Sky, Montana
Hudson Bay Quest, Canada
Can Am, Maine
UP 200, Michigan

Have a training or race experience to share? Every training run and every race is a new adventure and experience. I don’t know where to start. One of the things that keeps me mushing is that no two runs are ever the same, always another adventure!


8. Jake Leingang, Finland, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Manitou Crossing Kennels
Sponsors: Ely Vet Clinic
Major Breed or Bloodline: Siberians
Lead Dog(s): Spruce and Vera
Number of Years Racing: 3
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I had always wanted to go up and see Alaska. Dog mushing seemed like a great way to be able to see unique parts of the state. My first experience with sled dogs came from spectating this race in college.
Where have you raced? Knik 200 and Tug Bar 150- Alaska
Have a training or race experience to share?  I just like sharing time and having fun with the dogs, while seeing new places.


9. Leanne Bergen, Sioux Lookout, Ontario

Kennel Name: Gone to the Dogs Racing Kennel
Sponsors: First Mate Pet Food, Home Hardware Sioux Lookout
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Jillian and Sprocket
Number of Years Racing: 10
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? My parents got sled dogs the year I was born. Grew up with dogs and couldn’t imagine a life without them.
Where have you raced? Beargrease mid distance, Gunflint Mail Run, Wolf Track Classic, Midnight Run, UP200.
Have a training or race experience to share? I don’t have a specific trail story to share, but I will say that there is no better place to be than on the back of a sled behind a team of dogs. Really looking forward to running this great race again.


10. Matthew Schmidt, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Mush Lake Racing
Sponsors: N/A
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan’s
Lead Dog(s): Beezus and Nancy
Number of Years Racing: 6
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Got some free dogs and then it was all downhill. Ended up getting better dogs and breeding and here we are.
Where have you raced? A lot of Minnesota races, Can Am, UP 200.
Have a training or race experience to share?  I survived the Blizzard in the 2015 UP200 race, that was both scary, humorous, an adventure, and a great memory


11.  Shawn McCarty, Isabella, Minnesota

Kennel Name: White Wilderness
Sponsors: White Wilderness, Tall Tails
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan husky
Lead Dog(s): Parker, Ink
Number of Years Racing: 8
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I’m a slow skier.
Where have you raced? Beargrease, UP200, Hudson Bay Quest, Red River Derby
Have a training or race experience to share? I carried my kitchen sink in my sled for a race once, seemed funny at the time.


12.  Frank Moe, Hovland, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Moetown Kennels
Sponsors: NutriSource Performance Dog Food
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Wolf, Iris
Number of Years Racing: 11
How or Why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? We had a recreational team for several years and in 2006 I entered the Mid-Minnesota 150 for fun.  We placed 5th out of 30 teams and I was hooked.
Where have you raced? UP 200 and Copper Dog in Michigan several teams, The Beargrease, Wolf Tracks, Mail Run, White Oak and others in Minnesota, State Stop in Wyoming twice and a few other races.
Have a training or race experience to share? Racing the UP 200 has been the best and most difficult times for us.  We’re looking forward to coming back and enjoying that great trail and event again.


13. Ward Christopher Wallin, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Silver Creek Sled Dogs
Sponsors: Julies Hardware, John’s Sanitary, Betty’s Pies, North Shore Oil and Propane
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Nemo, Marlin, Uncle Si, Miss K
Number of Years Racing: 20+
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing: My wife forced me into it
Where have you raced? All over Midwest and Maine
Have a training or race experience to share: 10 years ago I lost a finger in a dog sled accident just before the UP 200. I managed to have a great “one handed” race. My fellow competitors helped me “bootie” the dogs at the unassisted checkpoint. It was a great show of sportsmanship.


 

WITHDRAWN:

Kevin Malikowski, Outing, Minnesota

Amanda Vogel, Ray, Minnesota

Ryan Redington, Wasilla, Alaska

Justin Stielstra, McMillan, Michigan (new driver in Jack Pine 30)