2018 UP200 Mushers

Welcome to the Current 2018 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 to Pam Forsberg.


1. Remy LeDuc, Glenwood, New Brunswick
Kennel Name: Akkada Kennel
Sponsors: Kangoroo Playground, Luc entreprise inc., Boucherie Pelletier, Pikaboo Graphik, Nahak Sport, SportsMax, North American Forest Products, BMR J.N Savoie, Neighbors, Family and Friends
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Manny,Bonnemine, Bob, Agathe, Ellie,
Number of Years Racing: 7
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I had enough dog to do it so I said to myself why not!
Where have you raced? Odyssée Appalachienne, St-Pamphile, Qc
Eagle lake sled dog race, Eagle lake, Maine
Can-Am-Crown, Fort Kent, Maine
Canadian Challenge, Prince Albert, Sk
Defi Taiga, Fermont, Qc

Have a training or race experience to share? Every dog I have met in my life taught me something or reminded me something about myself, and about how I should behave, about how I should be and what I should do. They made me the musher I am today. I can’t wait to see what the musher of tomorrow will be like. Probably not much different but hopefully a little better. I owe them a lot. It will be fun for my team and I to come and learn on the UP trail!


2. Denis Tremblay, St. Michel des Saints, Quebec
Kennel Name: Makamic
Sponsors: MF Lajeunesse Dog Food
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Mara, Diégo
Number of Years Racing: 20+
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I like dogs
Where have you raced? 2017 UP200
2017can-am 250
2017 Defi Taiga 200
2013 Yukon Quest 1000

Have a training or race experience to share? A good memory is my first victory in 2017, the UP200.


3. Erin Altemus, Grand Marais, Minnesota
Kennel Name: Mush Lake Racing
Sponsors: none
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Beezus, Nancy, Buda, Gabby
Number of Years Racing: 6
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? My husband and I helped Odin and Betsy Jorgenson at a race–we signed up for a race not long after.
Where have you raced? Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Have a training or race experience to share? This fall while training the team, the ATV died going uphill and in gear. I couldn’t get it to start again. I had to tie off all the dogs to trees, run home and get the car, walk each dog to the car, put the gangline on the car and run the dogs home with the Subaru. A twenty minute run home turned into a 3 hour ordeal.


4. Martin Massicotte, St.-Tite, Quebec
Kennel Name: Patriotes
Sponsors: KANUK
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Amick and Magic
Number of Years Racing: 20
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? At 8 years old, Martin already harnessed his home dog, a big St. Bernard!
It was not until 1996 that he really began to take part in long distance races, ranging from 60 miles to 400 miles.
Gradually climbing the ranks, he won the Can-Am Crown 250 from Fort Kent in Maine for the first time in 1998. He won his eighth victory in 2017, the last four in a row.
Accustomed to the racing circuit of North-East North America, Martin Massicotte realized his dream of racing the Yukon Quest in 2003, where he completed the event in Seizing the 6th position.

In the near future, he plans to make the Iditarod.
For Martin, dogsledding is a passion that allows him to enjoy nature, to discover new territories, to listen to his dogs and to see that the man and the beast form a formidable team.
Where have you raced? Can Am 250(Maine), UP200, Hudson Bay Quest 220, Yukon Quest 2003, Défi Taiga 200(Fermont, Quebec)
Have a training or race experience to share? In the last 2 years at UP200, in 2016 and 2017, I placed second with 4 minutes from the first!!! 😉


5. Jennifer Freking, Finland, Minnesota
Kennel Name: Manitou Crossing Kennels
Sponsors: none
Major Breed or Bloodline: Siberian Husky
Lead Dog(s): Grit, Saga, Agex
Number of Years Racing: 29
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Lifelong love of huskies, winter, and long snowy trails!
Where have you raced? Midwest, Alaska, Maine, Churchill Canada, Italy
Have a training or race experience to share? Family mushing trips are some of the best adventures I’ve ever had – both of my daughters love to get out on the trail with their teams along with Blake and I!


6. Andre Longchamps, Pont-Rouge, Quebec
Kennel Name: Trilongmiles Kennel
Sponsors: None!
Major Breed or Bloodline: Longchamps / Aubut
Lead Dog(s): Mousse, Rosie, Boudha
Number of Years Racing: 20
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I born In a musher family. I am the third generation of musher. My family use to do sprint but for me I was looking for more challenging.
Where have you raced? Up200 (2)
Can-Am Crown 250 ( many times)
Défi Taïga 120
Greenville 100 / 70
Eagle lake 100

Have a training or race experience to share? Hope this year I will enjoy the UP… every time I am not lucky at this race but this year my goal is to cross the finish line with a smile! Looking forward to have a good racing season.


7. Ryan Anderson, Ray, Minnesota
Kennel Name: AnderTier Racing Kennel
Sponsors: Mushers brand dog food
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Tito, James, Dolce, Heath
Number of Years Racing: 27
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Family
Where have you raced? UP200, CanAm, Beargrease, Hudson Bay


8. Nathan Schroeder, Warba, Minnesota
Kennel Name: Schroeder Mushing
Sponsors: Duluth Trading Company Family and friends
Major Breed or Bloodline: Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Bernie and Donald
Number of Years Racing: 20
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I got a sled dog ride in 5th grade and that’s all it took.
Where have you raced? Beargrease, UP200, Iditarod, Can Am, Denali Doubles
Have a training or race experience to share? It’s been a few years since I’ve raced the 200. I have been runner up twice! The Finish line of the UP 200 is my personal deadline for whether I stay involved with sled dogs and dedicated for another 5 years, or retire for good from the sport I love!!!!


9. Kalyn Holl, Finland, Minnesota
Kennel Name: Manitou Crossing Kennel
Sponsors: Jen and Blake Freking
Major Breed or Bloodline: Siberian Husky
Lead Dog(s): Assorted
Number of Years Racing: 2
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I first started working with sled dogs a few winters ago, training with Jen and Blake Freking.
Where have you raced? Around Minnesota, including the Gunflint Mail Run in Grand Marais, MN, the Beargrease mid-distance starting in Two Harbors, MN, and the Wolftrack Classic in Ely, MN.
Have a training or race experience to share? One of my favorite memories is the last leg of my first race. The sun was coming up over the frozen hills as the stars slowly disappeared into the morning sky. I hadn’t seen another team for a few hours and it was one of the most perfect moments that I’ve had the pleasure of sharing with some of the best dogs.


10. Sally Manikian, Shelburne, NH
Kennel Name: Shady Pines Sled Dogs
Sponsors: Individual sponsors, Cooper Hill Axe Works, RMS IronWorks LLC
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Hyside, House, Ariel, Ellie
Number of Years Racing: 6
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I saw an ad posted in a dining hall, asking these questions: ‘do you like hard work’ (Yes!) ‘do you like the cold and winter?’ (YES!) ‘Do you like dogs?’ (Maybe?? I only had cats growing up). ‘Well, if you do come work for us and we’ll teach you how to run a dog team.’ It was a local tour kennel looking to hire their winter staff. After three years of guiding, and learning how badly things can go, I also learned how great it is to work with these dogs. I was able to build my own team starting 6 years ago. I love racing because of the community and camaraderie, from fellow mushers, fans, and volunteers. It is like nothing else.
Where have you raced? Maine and Michigan, and my home state of NH.
Have a training or race experience to share? This past fall, my gang line snapped for the first time, leaving four dogs still attached at the ATV and 13 dogs taking off down the trail. It was a one-year old section of line, and it had shown no signs of failing. I’m pretty cautious with taking care of my gear, so this was a surprise. A quarter of a mile down the trail, the team had stopped and was all bunched up waiting for me. A local hunter pulled over to help. I untangled everyone and we finished the run (well, except for the four dogs left in the truck)


11. Kevin Malikowski, Outing, Minnesota
Kennel Name: Winternight Sled Dogs
Sponsors: none
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan husky
Lead Dog(s): Angus, Addie
Number of Years Racing: 30
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I saw a sled dog race, that’s all it took.
Where have you raced? up200 ,Can-Am Crown, Beargrease, Hudson Bay.
Have a training or race experience to share? no


12. Mary Manning, Hovland, Minnesota
Kennel Name: Doodledog
Sponsors: N/A
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan huskies
Lead Dog(s): Mimas, Slider, Atlas, Sierra
Number of Years Racing: 20
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Racing challenges me to learn more and to help the dogs be their best
Where have you raced? Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana
Have a training or race experience to share? Last fall while training with the ATV we were chased down the road by 3 goats and a llama…their guard dog just watched from the sidelines…


13. Ward Wallin, Two Harbors, Minnesota
Kennel Name: Silver Creek Sled Dogs
Ward holds the record for the most UP200 finishes, having raced in all but one UP200 since 1995 (a knee gave him a good reason for skipping a year).  While he’s a serious musher noted for sportsmanship and dog care, Ward is also known to have quite a comedic streak. More on Ward later!


14. Brian Kandler, Mason, Michigan
Kennel Name: Kandler Racing
Sponsors: none
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Emma, Merlot
Number of Years Racing: 6
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Went on a winter camping trip with Ed Stielstra of Nature’s Kennel and I couldn’t get enough of the dogs.
Where have you raced? Michigan, New Hampshire, Maine & Yukon Territory, Canada
Have a training or race experience to share?  I always enjoy the return run to Marquette running along the lake shore on their great trail system.


15. Justin Stielstra, McMillan, Michigan
Kennel Name: Nature’s Kennel
Sponsors: Royal Canin/Dogbooties.com
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Sirius, Fergie
Number of Years Racing: 5
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Started 5 years ago and fell in love with the sport and haven’t been able to leave.
Where have you raced? Alaska
Have a training or race experience to share? Watching the sun rise on the last run before noon.


16. Kevin Mathis, Monona, Iowa
Kennel Name: Go the Distance
Sponsors: none
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Ranger, Alameda
Number of Years Racing: 4
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I am adventurous and like to be challenged. There are many aspects in sled dog racing that contribute to that challenge.
Where have you raced? Bear Grease, Midnight Run, Copperdog 150.


17. Keith Aili, Ray, Minnesota
Kennel Name: Wolfridge
Sponsors: None
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Safari-Nico
Number of Years Racing: 30
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Can’t remember
Where have you raced? Lower 48 and Alaska


WITHDRAWN
Shawn McCarty
Ed Stielstra
Leann Bergen (moved to Midnight Run)
Carl Routhier