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I have been a distance musher for 28 years.
Race background and best results:
Copper Basin 16th Yukon Quest 2009-15 6th and Vet Choice Award
River Run 100, Yukon -Winner
Percy De Wolfe, Yukon 200 -2nd,
Can-am Crow, USA 3rd
UP 200, USA-4th
Taïga 200, Québec -Winner
The Silver Sled 100 Miles Stage Race,, Yukon 8th
Caledonia Classic Stage Race, B.C. -2nd
Winner of the Sportsmanship Award, The Silver Sled 100 Stage Race, Yukon 2015
Winner of the Vet Choice Award Yukon Quest 2013.
Finished 6th in Yukon Quest 2015
4. Ed Stielstra, McMillan, Michigan
5. Jen Peeks, McMillan, Michigan
I am excited to be racing my first UP 200, running dogs for Ed Stielstra and Nature’s Kennel! Originally from Holland, Michigan, I moved to Bethel, Alaska in 2004 as a social worker and discovered the world of dog mushing. Training part-time for Pete Kaiser and Kaiser Racing Kennel, I ran many of the races along the Kuskokwim River including the Bogus Creek 150. After 11 years in Alaska, I decided to head back to Michigan to run fulltime for Nature’s Kennel. I look forward to gaining mushing and racing experience in the Lower 48.
I have been running dogs since I was 8 years old. And I have raced long distances races since 1996. I like to be in the wilderness with my dogs and connected with them. I raced Yukon Quest in 2003, where I placed 6th, and I won the Can Am Crown 250 miles (at Fort Kent, Maine) five times. Last year I won the Hudson Bay Quest at Churchill, Manitoba. In future, I plan to run the famous Iditarod in Alaska.
I have run dogs since I was young… I have raced many distance races between 100 and 250 miles. I own a kennel of 40 dogs with my wife who also runs dogs. After many years running the same races we want to race a new one… a new challenge for this winter! I am an overseer for a paving construction company in my other life.
I am back because I know I can do better than my past U.P. Races . Many factors, but we are trying to leave no stones unturned. I owe it to these young dogs to put them in a first class event . Thanks to the whole UP. Organization for putting on this race!
I have raced the UP200 a LOT!
10. Leanne Bergen, Sioux Lookout, Ontario
11. Brian Bergen, Sioux Lookout, Ontario
12. Kevin Malikowsi, Outing, Minnesota
13. Jennifer Freking, Finland, Minnesota
14. Saeward Schillaci Finland, Minnesota
I’ve been racing dogs for 18 years. My dogs have always been my passion. in 2008 I had a close call with death. While it took time to bounce back I became focused on LIVING. If there’s something that you love to do why not give it 110% no matter what obstacle or what it could cost? In 2011 I decided to try distance racing. In 2014 I ran the Can-Am 250 and finished my rookie year. That is a major accomplishment for any rookie but add the fact that I lived in CT, worked full time and had 1/2 the miles any team would ever dare have to race…well that makes you want more. In November 2014 I packed my dogs up and moved to NH. It was time to go where there was cooler weather, longer training time and more trail access. 2015 I placed 5th in the Can-Am 250 with 10 dogs; 8 out of 10 are Siberians. I knew right then that while I love running my dogs the major pleasure is in longer races. Races that are over 200 miles that show the true value & bond of a team. It’s time to think outside the box, try something new, see a new trail, meet some new competition and new people. We’re excited about the UP200!
I work for the Appalachian Mountain Club in the Trails Department, managing a field program in the backcountry of the White Mountain National Forest, which translates to a very very busy summer, but a less busy winter. I live in Shelburne, NH, with my brother and sister, for whom I am a guardian and caregiver, and fortunately they love and adore the dogs as much as I do.
Every year as I start the training season in the fall, I am very grateful to have a supervisor who is a retired musher and understands everything it takes to get a team to the start line. I am also extremely grateful for the network of friends who help support me and the dogs (and my household overall!) throughout the year.
There are many things I love about mushing and about racing, about working and learning with the dogs as we travel across mountain ridges and through deep cold nights. This is my first time in the UP, and I am so excited for this new adventure.
17. Ryan Anderson, Ray, Minnesota