2022 UP200 Mushers


1. Wade Marrs, Willow, Alaska

Kennel Name: Stump Jumpin’ Kennel
Sponsors: Flexadin Advanced, Health Quest Therapy, Mountain Ridge Sled Dog Gear, Dr. Carsons All Natural Supplements
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Jett, Ozzy, Bowie, Dos, Brittany and Kaiser.
Number of Years Racing:20+3
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I was born and raised in the Knik area outside of Wasilla, Alaska. The biggest influences for mushing were my late uncle who had a dog team and the Redington family. I was a quiet kid, learning the ropes of mushing since a young boy, not asking many questions, just listening to words of advice from the many mushers visiting the Redington home in Knik.
Where have you raced? Alaska
Have a training or race experience to share? Way too many awesome mushing stories to just pick one! Come chat.


2. Kristin McCarty, Babbitt, MN

Kennel Name: Hauling Dogs
Sponsors: None
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Soar, Flora, Roll
Number of Years Racing: 2
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I met my husband.
Where have you raced? MN, WI
Have a training or race experience to share?  Last year, during back to back training runs, we left our dog Gypsy behind in the trailer to rest. She is small (25lbs) but mighty. When we returned to the trailer we found that she had broken out of her dog box and donned an extra-large harness. We’ve never had the heart to tell her that she wears an extra small.


3. Liza (Dietzen) Weaver

Kennel Name: Team Evergreen Kennel
Sponsors: Northern Michigan University, and many loyal friends and family
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Kite, Nymph, Sapphire
Number of Years Racing: 11
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? When I was little I learned about Balto at my elementary school and what better way to combine my love for animals and winter than with dogsledding.
Where have you raced? Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Have a training or race experience to share?  I’m running this year’s race in honor of the “Bird” and “Guitar” litters who were the start of Team Evergreen back in 2006 and all it has become. They have since all passed from this Earth but their spirits remain a part of this team always. And a huge thanks to David Gill who brought Team Evergreen into my life and has never stopped cheering for us, even in the background and out of sight. I regret nothing.


4. Keith Aili, Ray, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Miles Ahead Racing Kennel
Sponsors: none
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Wilder, Rolo, and Simba
Number of Years Racing: 30+
Where have you raced? Raced in many states including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine, and Alaska.


5. 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
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan husky
Lead Dog(s): Marlin, Misty, Happy, Harper
Number of Years Racing: 28
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Why not?
Where have you raced? MN, MI, WI, ME
Have a training or race experience to share? Can’t wait to race the UP200 again after missing a couple years!


6. Nick Vigilante, Ely, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Nathan Schroeder Mushing
Sponsors: Chilly Dogs
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Buffy, Burnie, Donald, Kalie, Texas, Togo maybe more
Number of Years Racing: 2
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Because it is fun
Where have you raced? Minnesota, Michigan
Have a training or race experience to share?  Looking forward to a good race season this year.


7. Ryan Anderson, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

Kennel Name: AnderTier
Sponsors: Dr. Carpentier
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Quincy, Oak, Muskie, Sturgeon, Gable, James, Tito
Number of Years Racing: 30+
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Family had sled dogs when I was a kid
Where have you raced? MN, WI, MI, AK, ME, ID, WY, MT, UT, Manitoba, Ontario
Have a training or race experience to share?  Looking forward to be back at the races.


8. Kevin Malikowski, Outing, Minnesota

Kennel Name: winter night sled dogs
Sponsors: myself
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Faline, Gertie
Number of Years Racing: 35
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? It’s a sport that’s just you and the dogs
Where have you raced? Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maine, UP, Manitoba
Have a training or race experience to share? Running under northern lights at Hudson Bay.


9. Bailey Cross Vitello, Milan, New Hampshire

Kennel Name: Team Bailey
Sponsors: N/A
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Slough, Cope, Taully, YoYa, Tigris, Rio
Number of Years Racing: 20
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I am a second generation musher. My parents started mushing when I was born and I have had a love for the sport and dogs ever since.
Where have you raced? I have raced from coast to coast in the lower 48 as well as in Alaska and Canada. I have also traveled to France and competed in the world championships and La Grande Odyssee with my team.
Have a training or race experience to share? Competing at the La Grande Odysee in France was the experience of a lifetime. Traversing the French Alps with mushers from all over the world and my team is something I will never forget. It was a lot of hard work but it gave me a lot of appreciation for our mountains and hills in the USA which fail to compare to their mountains that reach beyond the clouds.


10. Ashley Patterson, Shirley Mills, Maine

Kennel Name: Lone Wolf Racing
Sponsors: Mountain Ridge Dog Sledding Equipment
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): Wombat, Opossum, Griffin, Prince
Number of Years Racing: 24
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I don’t know who to blame, it was my desire more than anyone else.
Where have you raced? Can-Am in Fort Kent, ME; Greenville ME 100+70 races; UP 200
Have a training or race experience to share?  I once had to take my leader out of lead 100′ from the finish line in a 250 mile race. I missed 3rd place by 3 minutes.


11. Talia Martens, Brule, Wisconsin

Kennel Name: Martens Mushing
Sponsors: n/a
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Moses, Radar, Bear, Shazam, Syd, Snap, Peaches, Oreo
Number of Years Racing: 12
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Dog mushing has been in the family. My mom got me and my younger brother hooked and I been doing it ever since I could walk.
I absolutely love dogs and how this sport makes you think outside of the box. Getting to know each dog’s personality and the way they role is one of my favorite parts.

Where have you raced? I have raced all over the Midwest plus Alaska.


12. Brian Kandler, Mason, Michigan

Kennel Name: Kandler Racing
Sponsors: Dr. Tim’s Pet Food
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky
Lead Dog(s): James Brown, Stevie Wonder
Number of Years Racing: 10
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I love the dogs and the outdoors.
Where have you raced? Michigan, New Hampshire, Maine, Yukon Territory Canada
Have a training or race experience to share? (12 dogs and one human all facing the same direction and moving forward together for hours at a time.


WITHDRAWN:

1. Nathan Schroeder, Goodland, Minnesota
2. Mary Manning, Hovland, Minnesota (moved to Midnight Run)
3. Andre Longchamps, Pont-Rouge, Quebec
4. Tristan Longchamps, Pont-Rouge, Quebec
5. Laura Neese, McMillan, Michigan (moved to Midnight Run)
6. Jennifer Freking, Finland, Minnesota
7. Blake Freking, Finland, Minnesota
8. Gregg Vitello, Milan, New Hampshire