The Midnight Run

2022 Midnight Run Mushers

1. Lynne Witte, Cheboygan, Michigan

Kennel Name: Iskristall Kennel
Sponsors: dogbooties.com
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Cache Snow White
Number of Years Racing: 10
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Thee Iditarod was part of my classroom curriculum and traveled in 2000 to resource teachers classroom lessons. From Skijoring my passion to train amd race sled dogs has been great adventure for me.
Where have you raced? YukonQuest300, Beargrease MN, Copper Dog Calumet, Midnight Run, Tahquamenon
Have a training or race experience to share?  Running the Quest 300 from Whitehorse along the Yukon River remains an incredible memory of vastness with so many challenges running a young team of dogs.


2. Blair Braverman, Mountain, Wisconsin

Kennel Name: BraverMountain Mushing
Sponsors: #uglydogs
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies (Redington/Schouweiler)
Lead Dog(s): Jelly and Zagat
Number of Years Racing: 5
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I fell in love with sled dogs in the Norwegian Arctic as a teenager.
Where have you raced? Upper Midwest, Saskatchewan, Yukon Territory, Alaska
Have a training or race experience to share?  I love the UP200 and Midnight Run trails and can’t wait to be here again!


3. Quince Mountain, Mountain, Wisconsin

Kennel Name: BraverMountain Mushing
Sponsors: #uglydogs
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Sled Dogs (Raymie Redington/Schouweiler)
Lead Dog(s): Pepe and Forrest
Number of Years Racing: 5
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? My girlfriend was into it.
Where have you raced? Wisconsin, Minnesota, Saskatchewan, YT, Alaska
Have a training or race experience to share?  Last time I ran the Midnight Run, we were toward the back of the pack, and for some weird reason the team took a detour through Lakenenland, the amazing junk art sculpture park. We all loved it, and we love the trails and yooper community we see in this race — can’t wait to be back!
(You can check out the short video: https://twitter.com/QuinceMountain/status/965332313402945536 )


4. Steven Peterson, Granby, Colorado

Kennel Name: Snow Mountain Ranch
Sponsors: YMCA of the Rockies
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan husky
Lead Dog(s): Ruthie, Winston
Number of Years Racing: 21
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? A love for dogs and a love for the outdoors
Where have you raced? Race For The Gold-Black Hills, John Beargrease, White Oak Classic, Wolftrack Classic, Midnight Run, Copper Dog 150, Gunflint Mail Run.
Have a training or race experience to share?  Had a pack of coyotes running parallel to me in the woods.


5. Mike Bestgen, Clear Lake Township, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Fugarwe Kennels
Sponsors: Me/myself and I
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan
Lead Dog(s): Magnum and Glock
Number of Years Racing: 23
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Love the dogs, outside wilderness and of course the great people of the UP!
Where have you raced? Midwest and Canada
Have a training or race experience to share? The last year the UP200 went south, was the most scared I have ever been on a race, no snow, all the trail markers fell.


6. Joanna Oberg, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Run Silent Racing
Sponsors: Agimac River Outfitters
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Husky, Doug Swingley/Joee Redington/T & B Streeper
Lead Dog(s): Tamar, Nikita, Laska, Bandit
Number of Years Racing: 21?
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? Love animals and especially dogs, the outdoors, adventure, excitement, competition, dogsledding is just the most fun and interesting sport ever!!! Was hooked from my first ride!
Where have you raced? MN, MI, WI northwestern Ontario
Have a training or race experience to share? Have to say the 2015 Midnight Run will always be one of the most memorable runs coming back to the finish along the lake in that epic snow storm! Wind gusts up to 72 mph and whiteout conditions, teams (not mine) getting blown off the trail or getting off trail near the finish. It was pretty wild! Our handlers driving through that whiteout to get to the finish said it was like a white sheet, couldn’t hardly see a thing creeping along trying to keep track of the edge of the road! I just crouched behind my sled as the harder the wind blew the harder my team drove into it. It was exciting! We ended up passing two teams just before no mans land to finish in 2nd place:)


7. Joanne Fortier, Gaylord, Michigan

Kennel Name: Coyote Run Sled Dog Kennel
Sponsors: UpNorth Land Company
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Tara & Swift
Number of Years Racing: 22
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? I have always loved dogs & had an interest in the sport since I was little. When I was old enough, I finally got some sled dogs and the addiction began & the rest is history.
Where have you raced? Copper Dog 150, Beargrease 120, Tahquamenon, Apostle Islands, Midnight Run and many other races over the past 22 years.
Have a training or race experience to share? One of my favorite memories is my magic carpet ride Midnight Run win in 2010. It was cold, an awesome, fast trail and my team was on fire. I was wishing Larry could see the team. I’ll never forget that race with George, Tefa, Fender, Jackson, Franklin, Gibson, Prophet and Curlin. They were some of the best dogs we ever had.


8. Larry Fortier, Gaylord, Michigan

Kennel Name: Coyote Run Sled Dog Kennel
Sponsors: UpNorth Land Company
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Rue & Pico
Number of Years Racing: 20
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? When my wife was pregnant with our daughter I had to race her team that year & I got hooked to the sport.
Where have you raced? Copper Dog 150, Midnight Run, Apostle Islands, Beargrease 120 & many other races over the last 20 years.
Have a training or race experience to share? One of my best racing memories is when I won Midnight Run in 2016 & beat Joann’s main team with our B Team of yearlings. It’s always great doing well with our young dogs.


9. Bucky Tippett, Grandview, Wisconsin

Kennel Name: Happy Howling Huskies
Sponsors: N/A
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Pete and Xander
Number of Years Racing: 3
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? A long time ago in my freshman Science class, my teacher had husky puppies for sale. It was all down hill from there.
Where have you raced? CopperDog, Jack Pine 30, Beargrease 40 and 120, Apostle Islands, Wolftrack Classic
Have a training or race experience to share? Not yet.


10. Christina Gibson, Carlton, Washington

Kennel Name: Whiteout Racing
Sponsors: Windigo Outfitters, Gearcor, IceBug USA, CeraSport, BeFast Sportgear, Head-Lites Per Products, Earth and Sky Studios, Product Research Gear
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Farce, Sike, Nellie, and Windshear
Number of Years Racing: 7
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? When I was four years old I watched the cartoon movie Balto, and decided I wanted to run the Iditarod! I bugged my mom about it for years until at the age of thirteen I was finally allowed to get my first dog.
Where have you raced? I’ve competed in the Pacific Northwest, Inland Northwest, Rocky Mountain States, and Alaska.
Have a training or race experience to share? During Jr. Iditarod, running into the morning from Yentna Station to EagleSong, the light hit the mountains just right to make them a soft pink, and the frost had collected on the trees with temps well below zero. It was so beautiful, that memory is seared into my mind forever


11. Erin Altemus, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Sawtooth Racing
Sponsors: Ed Dallas
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Temper, Keith
Number of Years Racing: 10
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? We had a small rec team and went to a race with a friend. Did not take long to get hooked.
Where have you raced? Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, Wisconsin
Have a training or race experience to share? The first time I ran the Midnight Run, I ended up with a dog named Yeller in the sled bag for almost the entire run. At the end, I pulled him out and put him in lead, which made him look pretty impressive. He became a house dog not long thereafter and still is.


12. Matthew Schmidt, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Kennel Name: Sawtooth Racing
Sponsors: Ed Dallas
Major Breed or Bloodline: Alaskan Huskies
Lead Dog(s): Beezus and Nancy
Number of Years Racing: 10
How or why did you get involved in Sled Dog Racing? We went to a race with a mushing friend. It was addictive.
Where have you raced? Minnesota, Maine and Michigan
Have a training or race experience to share?  One time while training, I had stopped for a several hour rest break with the dogs. When we took off again, it was a little chaotic, and just after taking off, my head lamp got lifted by a branch over the trail. I couldn’t grab it so I had to do the rest of the run in the dark.


WITHDRAWN:

1. Brian Bergen, Sioux Lookout, Ontario

2. Mark Patterson, Shirley Mills, Maine