2020 UP200 Mushers

1. Andre Longchamps, Pont-Rouge, Quebec

Kennel Name: Trilongmiles Kennel
Sponsors: None
Major Breed or Bloodline: Aubut / Longchamps
Lead Dog(s): Herbie, Levis
Number of Years Racing: 20
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? It’s a family thing! My grand-father and my father were mushers and I grew up in the mushing lifestyle.
Where have you raced? Can-am 250 Maine many times!!! UP 200, many times. Taiga200, won twice. Greenville 70-100, won also.
Have a training or race experience to share? Not really. I love to train my dogs, feed them and love everything around mushing.


2. Tristan Longchamps, Pont-Rouge, Quebec

Kennel Name: Trilongmiles Kennel
Sponsors: None
Major Breed or Bloodline: Aubut / Longchamps
Lead Dog(s): Rosie, Mousse
Number of Years Racing: 3
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I am the 4th generation of musher in my family. I grow up in a musher lifestyle where all is about dogs. My parents are both mushers and they give me the opportunity to start to race. This winter will be my first real challenging one starting with the up200! It will be interesting to race with my father and have my mother as a handler.
Where have you raced? Eagle lake 100, Can-am 100
Have a training or race experience to share? At my first 100 miles race last year! I was so excited … I only focus on my team and make a great race. Was so proud to finish in top 3 I totally forget to wear my hat correctly… I end up with a nice ear frostbite!


3. Ryan Redington, Skagway, Alaska

Kennel Name: Callin’ Trail Kennel
Sponsors: Redpaw Dog Food, Alaska X, Dogbooties.com, Advanced Facilities Services, Juliet Foulds Walter’s and family, Spike Fortier, Mary Lee, the Rossi and Morrow families, Ryan Air
Major Breed or Bloodline: Redington and Aili
Lead Dog(s): Archer, Ghost, Simba, and Greg
Number of Years Racing: 30+
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Born into the sport of mushing. My Grandpa is Joe Redington Sr, the found of the Iditarod. My Dad is hall of fame musher Raymie Redington.
Where have you raced? Iditarod, Wyoming Stage Stop, Beargrease, UP 200, Goose Bay 150, Northern Lights 300, Copper Basin 30p, Klondike 300,and many others
Have a training or race experience to share? I love racing dogs and look forward to racing in the UP 200.


4. Erin Redington, Skagway, Alaska

Kennel Name: Callin’ Trail Kennel
Sponsors: Redpaw Dog Food, Alaska X, Dogbooties.com, Advanced Facilities Services, Juliet Foulds Walter’s and family, Spike Fortier, Mary Lee, the Rossi and Morrow families, Ryan Air
Major Breed or Bloodline: Redington and Aili
Lead Dog(s): Nico, Splint, Durant, and Rory
Number of Years Racing: 15+
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Grew up in Northern Minnesota and dog sledding is a great way to spend the winter.
Where have you raced? Have raced in the Midwest, Wyoming/Montana, and Alaska.
Have a training or race experience to share? Being out with the dogs is always an adventure and nothing ever happens the same way twice!


5. Joe Gutowski, Goodrich, Michigan

Kennel Name: Natural’s Kennel
Sponsors: None
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Mukluk, Apache, Yes Man & Big O
Number of Years Racing: 16 Years
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Went on an overnight adventure in 2004 with coworkers and purchased my first 4 sled dogs two weeks later.
Where have you raced? Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race – 8 Dog Race, 12 Dog, 60 Mile Race, UP 200 twice, Seney 300 four times, Race To The Sky, Qualified To Run Iditarod 2012; had to withdraw due to employer concerns regarding my absence.
Have a training or race experience to share? Safely running my dog team under a large pine tree that had fallen across a downhill trail in the Race To The Sky.


6. Laura Neese, McMillan, Michigan

Kennel Name: Nature’s Kennel
Sponsors: Royal Canin USA
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Bench, Morgan, Perez, Hawkeye, Radar, Maple, Elmer, Winkle, Lewis, Mark, Erin, Jett
Number of Years Racing: 6
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I fell in love with the sport of dog mushing and long distance racing at the age of nine, when my family followed the Iditarod as a homeschool project. After four years of learning about the sport, I started a small kennel in Ohio and began running short races in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I graduated from high school at age 16 and then went on to receive an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology at Penn Foster College two years later. In 2014, I moved to McMillan, Michigan, to pursue my dream of long distance racing at Nature’s Kennel. I have been blessed with the opportunity to train and race our Nature’s Kennel race team throughout North America for the past five years and I am thrilled to return to the UP200 again this year!
Where have you raced? Iditarod, Yukon Quest, Canadian Challenge, Percy DeWolfe, Eagle Cap Extreme, Idaho Challenge, UP200, CanAm 250.
Have a training or race experience to share? The most rewarding feeling and proud moments of my life have been finishing the Yukon Quest and Iditarod with my best friends! That final run to the finish is so powerful, looking back at everything that we just experienced together over the past 1,000 miles is very humbling.


7. Dane Baker, McMillan, Michigan

Kennel Name: Nature’s Kennel
Sponsors: Royal Cabin USA
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Woodstock, Aruba, Mac, Cheese, Breslin
Number of Years Racing: 0
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I started working at Nature’s Kennel in the summer of 2018. I stayed for the winter tour season and enjoyed guiding guests on dog sled trips. Now it’s time to try racing!
Where have you raced? This is my first season of racing.
Have a training or race experience to share? I worked in Southeast AK giving short dog sled rides over the summer.


8. Kevin Vandenbussche, Moosonee, Ontario

Kennel Name: Vandenbussche Racing Kennels
Sponsors: NA
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan husky
Lead Dog(s): Zuma, Abby, Everest
Number of Years Racing: 4
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I started as a dogsledding guide when I first moved to Canada about 10 years ago
Where have you raced? Maine, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ontario
Have a training or race experience to share? One day last fall one of my yearlings named Behr had completed about 2 months of fall training. We were doing a 25 mile run and at the end of the run it suddenly started snowing. I assumed that the dogs would be tired towards the end but I guess I was wrong. As soon as it started snowing Behr started jumping around and tried to catch snowflakes. That’s the moment I realized that Behr will be a very good dog 🙂


9. Matthew Schmidt, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Mush Lake Racing
Sponsors: Ed and Julie Dallas
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskans
Lead Dog(s): Beezus, Nancy and a couple promising 2 year olds
Number of Years Racing: 10
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? My wife and I worked at a Y camp that had a sled dog program on the Gunflint Trail, and had friends who were mushers.
Where have you raced? Beargrease Marathon, Can am 250, UP 200, Gunflint Mail Run
Have a training or race experience to share? The first time I did this race in 2015 there was a challenging whiteout blizzard going into and leaving Grand Marais. I got some sleep and ate a lot of pie at the checkpoint to recover.


10. Frank Moe, Hovland, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Moetown Kennels
Sponsors: NutriSource Performance Dog Food, Cook County Home Center, Krill Pet
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Cinder, Colt, Larry, Duke
Number of Years Racing: 20
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? For several years I had a recreation team and I decided to take them to the Mid-Minnesota 150 Sled Dog Race for fun. We did well and I was hooked.
Where have you raced? Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, New Hampshire.
Have a training or race experience to share? There’s nothing like the start of the UP200 in downtown Marquette. Thousands of fans, at night then heading out of town, next to the lake and a series of bonfires. I keep coming back for it. Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who make this race possible.


11. Joshua McNeal, Kasilof, Alaska

Kennel Name: Crooked Creek Kennel
Sponsors: Victor Thomspon and Sabrina Hensley, Sylvia and Marv Hall, Lion Eye Creative, Betty and Jan Paxton, Maria Campbell, Melissa Daughtery of 5 Star Realty, Northern Oil Solutions, Joan Huston-LaRoy, McKinley Creekside Cabins & Café, Lisa Riley, RuthannBolle, Christina Henry, Tony and Gina McNeal
Major Breed or Bloodline: Seavey, Little
Lead Dog(s): Jenna, Suka, Hoagie, Orca, Yos, QuickDraw, Brownie, Mara
Number of Years Racing: 1
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I started out Skijoring and mushing with a 4 dog team. I wanted to get more involved with mushing, so I worked for Ken Anderson my senior year of college in Fairbanks. There is no better feeling than being in the middle of nowhere than with my best friends.
Where have you raced? Tustemena 200 – Caribou Hills, AK; Kobuk 440 – Kotzebue, AK
Have a training or race experience to share? One of the eeriest times I ever had on a training run was coming across a pack of wolves at 2 am in the morning in the pitch dark. I went from seeing one set of eyes to 7!


12. Jaye Foucher, Mohawk, Michigan

Kennel Name: Sibersong Sleddogs
Sponsors: Team Sponsors: Dana Kevelder, David & Carole Williams, Larry Lubonty
Major Breed or Bloodline: Sibersong lines – Siberian & Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Astrid, Hiccup, Mia, Chibs
Number of Years Racing: 17
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I got a Siberian husky as a pet and was looking for winter activities I could do with her. I discovered mushing and initially thought to just run a few dogs for fun – but then I attended the Sandwich Notch Races in NH as a handler for my mentor and my competitive streak kicked in.
Where have you raced? I’ve been out to run Beargrease in MN 3 times. Have completed the Can-Am 250 numerous times as well as the 60 and 100 mile versions. Ran the Defi Taiga in Fermont Quebec, and a number of other 100-150 mile races in the Northeast and Canada.
Have a training or race experience to share? (Humorous, scary, adventurous, great memory, etc.) My very first Beargrease Marathon in 2008. At the time the starting chute was on the Duluth track field which made a big oval. So a few hundred yards out of the start it made a sharp curve, and it was icy. I take off with a crazy team of 14 dogs who’d been cooped up for days in the truck (having traveled from NH) and despite the extra weight of a full bag of dog food in the sled and me standing on the drag mat I couldn’t slow them enough and flipped the sled on that first curve. Like any experienced musher I kept my grip on the handlebar but to my surprise my team took off – because the handlebar had broken off the sled on impact! I start running after the dogteam, still holding the handlebar. I come around the next turn and there they are, standing on the trail screaming with the snowhook stuck in the ground. A spectator comes over and says, “Wow, your team is SO well trained! I saw them coming and stepped out on the trail and held up my hands and yelled, ‘STOP!’ and they stopped right there!” I didn’t have the heart to burst her pride and tell her that the real reason they stopped was because the snowhook, which had been bouncing around, had finally grabbed onto the ground at that exact moment.


13. Justin High, Mohawk, Michigan

Kennel Name: High’s Adventure Kennel
Sponsors: High’s Adventure Gear www.highsadventure.com
Major Breed or Bloodline: High’s Adventure Bloodlines- Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Patton, Paloma, Stormin-Normin, Checkers, Ripple, Creek, Nimitz, DeRenzie, Whirley, Harvey, Jose, Doolittle, ……
Number of Years Racing: 10
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I needed something to do, became a dog handler.
Where have you raced? Alaska
Have a training or race experience to share? Too many to count.


14. Katherine Langlais, Glenwood, New Brunswick

Kennel Name: Akkada Kennel
Sponsors: Kan-go-roo Playgrounds, Viande Fortier et Freres,Guy Pelletier and many friends and family!Thank you!
Major Breed or Bloodline: Seavey, Tremblay
Lead Dog(s): Bob and Max
Number of Years Racing: 8
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I began as a dog sled guide for Normand Casavent about 12 years ago and I quickly realized that I wanted my own team, and live this way as much as I could.My spouse and I quickly owned our own kennel and here we are today!
Where have you raced? I have raced the Can Am Crown 30-60-100 and 250. Defi Taiga in Fermont and various other small races.
Have a training or race experience to share? Every training run or race is an adventure in its own.There is absolutely nothing that I enjoy more than being on the runners with my dogs, and being alone in the wilderness.


15. Kevin Malikowski, Outing, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Winternight Sled Dogs
Sponsors: me
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaska Husky
Lead Dog(s): Gerta, Faline
Number of Years Racing: 40
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Started with a trap line.
Where have you raced? Can-Am Crown 250, Gunflint Mail Run, UP200, Mid MN. 150, Hudson Bay Quest
Have a training or race experience to share? During a training run the sled flipped over when it hit a sharp ice ridge. I was thrown from the sled and the dogs continued on. A couple of loggers spotted the loose team. One of the men came to find me in a truck while the other tried to grab the loose sprinting team. As he grabbed the handle bar, his mittens flew in all directions and his muscles were torn in his arm. A forester from the DNR, who had been talking to the logger, jumped on the team yelling “HEEL”. He couldn’t figure out why the team wouldn’t heel and jumped off the sled. As the dogs continued on they took a turn into the woods that would exit back onto the road. The truck I was in was able to head them off at the pass and I was able to get them stopped. The logger who tried to grab the team has a sore arm to this day.


16.Ryan Anderson, Cushing, Wisconsin

Kennel Name: AnderTeir
Sponsors: NA
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Tito, James, Muskie, Sturgeon
Number of Years Racing: 29
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Parents got dogs when I was young
Where have you raced? All over US and Canada
Have a training or race experience to share? Making it through all the blizzards at the UP200.


17. Jennifer Freking, Finland, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Manitou Crossing Kennels
Sponsors: Howling Dog Alaska, Wintergreen Designs
Major Breed or Bloodline: Siberian Husky
Lead Dog(s): Ada, Saga, Agex, Gabi
Number of Years Racing: 32
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I have been running sled dogs since 8 yrs of age. My love of huskies and outdoor adventures make it hard for me to imagine life any other way!
Where have you raced? Midwest, Canada, Alaska, Maine, Italy…
Have a training or race experience to share? My favorite runs are those I share with my entire family, as my husband and our two daughters share a passion for mushing. They started running their own teams age 3-4 yrs of age. We live quite remotely in Northern MN and enjoy family mushing trips right out of our backyard.


18. Blake Freking, Finland, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Manitou Crossing Kennels
Sponsors: Howling Dog Alaska, Wintergreen Designs
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies from Nature’s Kennel
Lead Dog(s): Eagle – 3/4 Siberian Husky
Fenrir – Siberian Husky
Riff, Siri, and Ann – Alaskan Huskies

Number of Years Racing: 22
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I love working with huskies and spending time outdoors.
Where have you raced? Midwest, Canada, Alaska, Montana, Maine, Russia
Have a training or race experience to share? Eagle is one of those special lead dogs – he really knows it too!