2019 UP200 Mushers

1. Andre Longchamps, Pont-Rouge, Quebec

Kennel Name: Trilongmiles Kennel
Sponsors: yourself!
Major Breed or Bloodline: Longchamps / Aubut
Lead Dog(s): Rosie, Levis, Jordache, John
Number of Years Racing: 17
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? When I was a kid my dad and grand-father had dogs. We did mostly sprint races… when I started working I took a break from sleddogs but for 17 years now its part of my life! Now it’s my son starting to race eight dogs.
Where have you raced? can-am crown 250 in Maine
Eagle Lake 100 in Maine
Greenville 100 in Maine
UP 200
DefiTaiga 200 in Fermont, Quebec


2. Liza Dietzen, Wallace, Michigan

Kennel Name: Team Evergreen Kennel
Sponsors: Northern Michigan University, Jean Kays Pasties and Subs, Centerline Machining and Grinding
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Nymph, Sapphire, Rajala, Rainsong
Number of Years Racing: 10
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? There is nothing more beautiful than watching the rhythm of a team of 12 different personalities coming together and becoming one machine, where the trust of the dogs relies on you, and you rely on them.
Where have you raced? UP, Wisconsin, Minnesota
Have a training or race experience to share?  “We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face … we must do that which we think we cannot.” Eleanor Roosevelt
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Time to take back the trail.


3. Ryan Redington, Skagway, Alaska

Kennel Name: Callintrail kennel
Sponsors: Redpaw Dog Food, Alaska X, Dogbooties.com, Advanced facilities services, Juliet Foulds Walter’s and family, Spike Fortier,
Major Breed or Bloodline: Redington
Lead Dog(s): Archer, Quincy, Parker, Durant
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. My wife Erin will be racing in it as well.


4. Martin Massicotte, St.-Tite, Quebec

Kennel Name: Patriotes
Sponsors: KANUK
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Amick and Charlie
Number of Years Racing: 23
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I am doing sled dog since I am 8 and I always want to go further and discover new territories. I like watching my dogs while training and racing to detect how they feel and give they the better care I can and to reach the finish line healthy and full of energy.
Where have you raced? Yukon Quest 2003,
Last 3 UP200
Can Am 250, 9 time champion

Have a training or race experience to share? This time I hope to finish strong to win the few minutes I miss to finish first!! 😉


5. 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
Major Breed or Bloodline: Redington and Aili
Lead Dog(s): Rumba, Moses, Battleship, and Spot
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!


6. Gavin Baker, Almonte, Ontario

Kennel Name: Trail Dancer Kennels
Sponsors: self sponsred
Major Breed or Bloodline: Schroeder lines
Lead Dog(s): Danger, Bellagio, Brew, Aria, Mirage, Diablo
Number of Years Racing: 24
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? it all started with 2 huskies and a GT snow racer……
Where have you raced? Can Am 250
Can Am 100
Kearney 120
Eagle lake 100
Mahoosuc 100
Midnight Run
Beargrease

Have a training or race experience to share? Too many to recall just one……but this sport always gives us mushers much to talk about in the dog yard.


7. Kevin Malikowski, Outing, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Winternight
Sponsors: none
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan husky
Lead Dog(s):Lala, Gerta
Number of Years Racing: 30
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Started with 3 dogs, thought “What’s a few more?”
Where have you raced?  UP200, Hudson Bay Quest, Can-Am, Beargrease
Have a training or race experience to share? (Humorous, scary, adventurous, great memory, etc.) Every training is an adventure.


8. Kevin Vandenbussche, Moosonee, Ontario

Kennel Name: Vandenbussche Kennels
Sponsors: None
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Everest, Vegas, Torino
Number of Years Racing: 3
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? About 9 years ago I moved from Belgium to Canada. The love for nature and dogs put in me in touch with a dogsledding company. I guided wilderness dogsledding trips for about 4 years and in those 4 years I was lucky enough to handle and work with one of the Racers. About 2 years ago my wife and I decided to start our own kennel. We bought 2 bred females and the puppies from those 2 females are now the core of our team. Looking forward to bring our dogs to the races this winter
Where have you raced? I have raced in a few events:
Wilderness 100 mile dogsled race, 3rd place, 2011 (Greenville, Maine)
Kearney 100 mile dogsled races, 4th place, 2011 (Kearney, ON)
The Iron line, 5th place, 2016 (Iron River, Mi)


9. Mary Manning, Hovland, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Doodledog Kennel
Sponsors: Ha!!
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskans
Lead Dog(s): Mimas, Slider, Luck, Waupaca, Atlas
Number of Years Racing: 20+
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? “Buy the sled, we’ll throw in a couple free dogs!” they told me…!
I enjoy training the dogs, learning with them and building toward the race goals together.

Where have you raced? Midnight Run and UP200, Beargrease Rec and Mid-distance, Gunflint Mail Run, Can-Am 100, Apostle Islands, West Yellowstone Special, Hinckley Great Trail, Tahquamenon Country
Have a training or race experience to share?  Last year I fell asleep and tipped the sled over during the UP200…surprisingly I held on and the team stopped to figure out what I was doing…planning to not have a repeat next time!


10. Ryan Anderson, Cushing, Wisconsin

Kennel Name: AnderTier Racing Kennel
Sponsors: Mushers brand dog food
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Tito and James
Number of Years Racing: 28
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Family
Where have you raced? UP200, Beargrease, CanAm, Hudson Bay Quest


11. Brian Kandler, Mason, Michigan

Kennel Name: Kandler Racing
Sponsors: none
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Emma, Bubba, Griffey
Number of Years Racing: 6
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I got involved as a way to have fun playing outside with my dogs.
Where have you raced? Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire, Yukon Territory Canada
Have a training or race experience to share? For a Michigan native, it was a surprise to be completely comfortable camping on the Yukon River at -40 degrees.


12. Carl Routhier, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

Kennel Name: Aiguebelle Kennel
Sponsors: Aiguebelle Kennel
Major Breed or Bloodline: King, Little, Mackey
Lead Dog(s): Konrad, Swakop, Luanda to name a few…
Number of Years Racing: 6
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Dogs, adventure, travelling, unexpected
Where have you raced? Beargrease, UP200, Can-Am
Have a training or race experience to share? Sorry am in a hurry… gotta go train some dogs!!!


13. Truman McGee, McMillan, Michigan

Kennel Name: Nature’s Kennel
Sponsors: Royal Canin
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Percy and Frodo
Number of Years Racing: 2
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I’ve worked with Tasha and Ed Stielstra for two years as a guide and trainer. I am currently training the two-year old and yearling team.
Where have you raced? Taqhuamenon Sled Dog Race
Have a training or race experience to share? I love going out and exploring the trails with my team. They are always ready to exceed my expectations!


14. Jennifer Freking, Finland, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Manitou Crossing Kennels
Sponsors: Wintergreen Northernwear clothing
Major Breed or Bloodline: Siberian Husky
Lead Dog(s): Ada, Agex, Saga
Number of Years Racing: 30
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Our mushing lifestyle is love by our entire family. There are few things in life we love as much as spending time with our huskies and traveling through the wilderness by dog sled.
Where have you raced? Throughout the Midwest, Alaska, Maine, and Canada.
Have a training or race experience to share? I wish I could share the experience of a beautiful moonlit run when the huskies seem to be smiling frosty smiles and are chasing the moonshadows through the winter wonderland.