2023 UP200 Mushers


1. John Sherwood Fisher, Cook, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Meander Mountain Huskies
Sponsors: Northwest Mining Company/Vermilion Veterinary Clinic
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Josie, Tommy, Gill, Pebbles, Tundra
Number of Years Racing: 30+
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? We (Me and my wife Robin) borrowed 3 dogs from an Alaskan musher to run the Ely All American Race in 1986. We gave them back after the race–we’d decided mushing was too time consuming. Then the musher told us if we didn’t buy those dogs from him, he couldn’t afford to go back to Alaska to see his mother before she died. We bought them and have had sled dogs ever since.
Where have you raced? Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Yukon Territory and Alaska.
Have a training or race experience to share? Wiping out with my sled at the start of the 1994 UP 200 and getting dragged for 2-3 miles through train tracks, highway right of ways, and convenience store parking lots by my crazed dog team – me and this nice young girl I’d never met that the race committee required me to take as a rider for “safety” purposes. Lost a snowhook, half my gear and we both ruined our parkas. I still expect to hear from her attorney if the statute of limitations hasn’t run out.


2. Miles Ahead Racing Kennel, Ray, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Miles Ahead Racing Kennel – Keith and Erin Aili
Sponsors: Scott and Holly Lundberg
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Smalls, Duker, Archie, and Rudolph
Number of Years Racing: 25+
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Love of the outdoors and the dogs
Where have you raced? Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Alaska
Have a training or race experience to share? Anytime on the trail with the dogs is always a great new adventure!


3. Erin Altemus, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Sawtooth Racing
Sponsors: Ed Dallas
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Temper, Keith, Itsy, Chicken
Number of Years Racing: 10
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? It’s a slippery slope, bring home a few free dogs and next thing you know, you have 40 dogs and life revolves around racing.
Where have you raced? Minnesota, Michigan, Maine
Have a training or race experience to share? Eventually I will experience it all – so far I have lost my team, mushed through freezing rain, blizzards and heat waves. Last year while trying to load a dog in the bag, my leader turned around to breed with a dog behind him. I’ve had some hallucinations. Adventure keeps things interesting.


4. Laura Neese, Newberry, Michigan

Kennel Name: Nature’s Kennel Race Team
Sponsors: Thank you to our dog sponsors!
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Ace, Envy, Chilly, Fusion, Razor, Woodstove, Chimp, Jett, Elmer
Number of Years Racing: 9
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 reading and learning everything I could about the sport, I started a small kennel in Ohio and began running short races in the Upper Peninsula. I graduated from high school at age 16 and then earned an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology at Penn Foster College two years later. In 2014 I moved to McMillan, Michigan, to work at Nature’s Kennel and pursue my dream of long distance racing. I opened my new business, MI DOG Summer Sled Dog Center (www.midogtours.com) this past summer and my team and I loved our first summer of sharing the sport with people during our off season!
Where have you raced? Yukon Quest, Iditarod, Percy DeWolfe, Canadian Challenge, Eagle Cap Extreme, Idaho Sled Dog Challenge, UP200, CanAm 250, Beargrease Marathon, Gunflint Mail Run, CopperDog 150
Have a training or race experience to share? Some of my favorite training memories are from training in the White Mountains of Alaska for a few weeks before our rookie Yukon Quest. Every day was an adventure when we took off to explore another new 50 miles of trail in the middle of nowhere!


5. Rémy Leduc, Glenwood, New Brunswick

Kennel Name: Chenil / Akkada / Kennel
Sponsors: Bison Bumper, RDQ Construction, Les viandes Fortier et Freres, kan-go-roo playground
Major Breed or Bloodline: Akkada Kennel
Lead Dog(s): Max, Solo, Yoda ,Flynn, Copper, Aspen, Pacquebot, Myst
Number of Years Racing: 12
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? It all started up with 1 dog and it snowball from there. I just enjoy training my dogs and see them evolves to their full potential.
Where have you raced? Eagle Lake 100, Defi Taïga 120, Odyssée Appalachian 45/100, Can-am-crown 60/100/250, UP200, Beargrease Marathon, Canadian Challenge 100/300, Yukon Quest 1000, Chic Choc 200
Have a training or race experience to share? The experience I would like to share happen every time I go for a ride with my dogs. It’s the reason why I like dog sledding so much. When I’m in the trail with them the time stop, I’m just there living in the moment with them, nothing else matters.


6. Shawn McCarty, Babbitt, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Hauling Dogs
Sponsors:
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan huskies
Lead Dog(s): Volt, Carbon, Crater, Splash
Number of Years Racing: 16
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I started racing Peter McClellands yearling teams in 2007, my wife Kristen and I started our own kennel three years ago.
Where have you raced? MN, MI, Canada
Have a training or race experience to share? I can remember sitting in our warm truck last year during the UP200 handling for my wife, feeling the truck being rocked back and forth by the insane wind, thinking I sure was glad I was handling and didn’t have to race in that weather!


7. Martin Massicotte, St-Tite, Quebec

Kennel Name: Chenil des Patriotes
Sponsors: No sponsors yet
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Sally, Franklin, Woodstock and June
Number of Years Racing: 28
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I like to be in the wilderness and to see my dogs improve themself at every training
Where have you raced? Iditarod 2022 – 21th position
Can Am crown 250 – 10 times champion
UP200 many years, placed 2nd and 3rd may times
Hudson Bay Quest – 2 times champion

Have a training or race experience to share? I realize my teenager dream by running the Iditarod in 2022, it was the greatest experience of my life. The scenery is amazing with its magestic Alaska Range. We faced terrible winds on the Bering Sea Coast. My team and I were attacked by an angry moose at the middle of the race, I had to fight with him. I am so proud of my ten dogs who cross the finish line.


8. Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes, Saint David, ME

Kennel Name: Poland Spring Seppala Kennels
Sponsors: NATIVE Performance Nutrition for Canine Athletes (Kent Nutrition Group)
Major Breed or Bloodline: Purebred Seppala Siberian Sleddog Team
Lead Dog(s): Poland Spring’s Druid, Poland Spring’s Vodka
Number of Years Racing: 20+
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I was Cold Weather Infantry in the US Marine Corps. When I moved to northern Maine 25 years ago, an old timer told me, “You’d better find a way to enjoy the winters outdoors or you’ll go crazy.”
So I started mushing- Id never met a musher or seen a dog team- but it seemed like the right fit for me. The school of hard knocks.

Where have you raced? I have raced in the “100 Mile Wilderness Sleddog Race.” I have ran the Can Am 30 five times.  I completed a 285 mile solo dogsled expedition across the remote Northwoods of Maine in 2021- which is chronicled in the Documentary, “True North: Legends of Dogs and Men.”  Last year I trained the team for my sons to race- Caleb ran the Can Am 100 and Christian ran the Wilderness Sleddog Race.  This will be my first true mid distance race.
Have a training or race experience to share?  Although I have been mushing for 25 years, my 285 mile solo expedition in 2021with my small team of Seppala Siberian Sleddogs changed me as a musher- as a person.  It was the first time my life depended on the wellbeing of my dogs. The symbiosis of living on the trail with my dogs, across Maine’s Northwoods- without groomed trails, through two heavy storms- brought my connection to my team, and to nature, to an entirely different place. And Ill never be the same.  (you can find the expedition documentary “True North: Legends of Dogs and Men” on YouTube)  I miss, what I call “the now” of the expedition- of letting go of the cares of the past and future and being completely present with my dogs.  And I look forward to having that on the UP200 trail!


9. Ryan Anderson, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

Kennel Name: AnderTeir Racing
Sponsors: NA
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Muskie, Sturgeon, Gable, Grout, Quincy
Number of Years Racing: 32
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I grew up with sled dogs and have been involved ever since
Where have you raced? MN, MI, WI, WY, MT, UT, AK, ME, Ontario, Manitoba
Have a training or race experience to share?  Looking forward to another UP200


10. Mary Manning, Hovland, Minnesota

Kennel Name: DoodleDog Kennel
Sponsors: Canine Health Forward
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Luck, Charlie, Jester, Gala, Skuf, Argo
Number of Years Racing: 20+
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Looking for a “cheap” hobby and a way to spend more time in the wilderness with my dog(s).
Where have you raced? Minnesota, Montana, Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin
Have a training or race experience to share?  After more than twenty years of running dogs, I recently (and finally) found a moose shed while out training!


11. Ward Wallin, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Silver Creek Sled Dogs
Sponsors: MDH Construction, Betty’s Pies, Julie’s Variety and Hardware, Zup’s, Silver Bay Family Dental, Root River Photography, Lang companies, Printwear Graphics, Louise’s Place
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Guinness, Corona, Growler
Number of Years Racing: 29
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I simply wanted to go fishing by dog team
Where have you raced? All over mid west
Have a training or race experience to share?  Lots over the years….racing UP200 in 2007 just 5 days after losing finger in sled accident, tangles with moose, rolled 4 wheelers (more than once), walking after lost sleds, dragged across roads, breaking through ice with dogs….too many to list.


12. Kevin Malikowski, Outing, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Winternight Sled Dogs
Sponsors: my self
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Gerite and Faline
Number of Years Racing: 25
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? start with one and look what happened
Where have you raced? MN, MI, WI, Maine, Ontario, Manitoba
Have a training or race experience to share?  Too many to list, UP200 best race


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