The Midnight Run

2018 Midnight Run Mushers

Welcome to the 2018 Current Midnight Run Mushers! Please take the opportunity to read their bios.

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


1. Lynne Witte, McMillan, Michigan
Kennel Name: Nature’s Kennel
Sponsors: Dogbooties.com.
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Puddle/ Snow White
Number of Years Racing: 8
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Started skijoring moved to sleds
Where have you raced? UP Michigan and Quest 300 in 2017
Have a training or race experience to share? (Humorous, scary, adventurous, great memory, etc.) Expect the unexpected.


2. Joanna Oberg, Ignace, Ontario
Kennel Name: Run Silent Racing
Sponsors: Agimac River Outfitters, Home Hardware
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky pointer crosses
Lead Dog(s): Vader, Viva, Tamar, Tris, Nikita
Number of Years Racing: 20 with youth races and during our dogsled tour years but competitively around 10
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? LOVE animals and the outdoors, enjoy competition, adventure, love the companionship with the dogs, wonderful friendships with other racers, exhilarating sport 🙂 One ride and I was hooked for life!
Where have you raced? MN, MI, WI, Ontario
Have a training or race experience to share? (Humorous, scary, adventurous, great memory, etc.) Years ago had a funny moment when my team saw a moose standing in the brush a short ways off the trail. We were traveling downhill with a sharp left coming up when my leaders both looked to the right, distracted by the moose, and ran straight ahead off the trail disappearing into the deep snow for a moment before popping back out and continuing on:)


3. Liza Dietzen, Wallace, Michigan
Kennel Name: Team Evergreen Kennel
Sponsors: Jean Kays Pasties and Subs, Centerline Machining and Grinding, Benish Consulting and Facilitation
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Sphinx, Rajala, Arion, Sapphire
Number of Years Racing: 8
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? When I was in kindergarten, my librarian read our class “Balto” and I said I was going to do that someday! She didn’t believe me, but that’s okay. We are 2/3rds qualified to go to Iditarod and hope to finish our last one up soon.
Where have you raced? UP, Wisconsin, Minnesota
Have a training or race experience to share?  We have a “sled beagle.” We adopted Sheldon our purebred beagle from UPAWS in 2014. He needed a job and frequently barked at my team while hooking up to leave. I got upset with him one day and decided that I was taking him with (hoping he wouldn’t like it and he would stop barking at us). Turns out he’s kind of a dud rabbit hunter but he makes a great sled dog!
Now, three years later, he trains with the team almost every time they go out, he’s done intervals of 20 miles with them before needing a break. The other day, I left him home because it was a little more humid for him and he’s developed some asthma that pops up in humidity. We left on our 5 mile run and he was upset we left without him. Derek went to let him in the house but didn’t realize the gate was open and Sheldon apparently went tearing down the trail after us. I was stopped on a break with the team when Derek called me. No sooner had I got off the phone and here came Sheldon huffing and puffing up behind us, passed the ATV, the wheel dogs, and into his empty spot next to Sampson and started barking waiting for us to go. Never underestimate the determination of a sled beagle 🙂


4. Joann Fortier, Gaylord, Michigan
Kennel Name: Coyote Run Sled Dog Kennel
Sponsors: UpNorth Land Company
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Poppy and Loki
Number of Years Racing: 18
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I got involved in the sport because I have always loved dogs and it seemed like a fun way to spend time with them.
Where have you raced? I have raced the Midnight Run over a dozen times, Copper Dog 150, Ironline, Beargrease 150, Tahquamenon and many other races over the years.
Have a training or race experience to share?  The last 2 years Larry has beat my team with the B team. This year, I am definitely going to beat him!!!


5. Larry Fortier, Gaylord, Michigan
Kennel Name: Coyote Run Sled Dog Kennel
Sponsors: UpNorth Land Company
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Tuba, Tracer and Pansy
Number of Years Racing: 15
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I got involved in the sport when Joann became pregnant with our daughter Ana. I was then hooked and our kennel size doubled soon after.
Where have you raced? the Midnight Run several times, The Copper Dog 150, Ironline, Beargrease 150, Tahquamenon and many others over the past 15 years.
Have a training or race experience to share?  I am going to make sure Joann gives me her good passing leaders again so she can’t get by me at the end of the race and I will beat her for the 3rd year in a row.


6. Brian Bergen, Sioux Lookout, Ontario
Kennel Name: Gone to the dogs
Sponsors: First mate pet foods, Home Hardware , Days Inn. Sioux Lookout, Cory Henderson contracting
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan husky
Lead Dog(s): Oric, area, Glader, Eragon
Number of Years Racing: 5 in mid
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Someone moved to Sioux Lookout and introduced us to Dog sledding.
Where have you raced? Mail run, Beargrease, midnight run, Wolf track classic , Voyager classic
Have a training or race experience to share?  Can’t really think of one