Welcome to the Current 2015 UP200 Mushers. Please take the opportunity to view the musher bios, and if you have a question don’t hesitate to email us.
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Amanda Vogel is originally from Bay City, Michigan, and now lives in northern Minnesota, just south of the northwest Ontario border. Amanda was introduced to the sport of mushing in 2003, and after a few years of learning the basics from a recreational dog sledding club, she began building a kennel that would allow her to race professionally.Today, Amanda is the owner and operator of Snomad Racing and is one of the top competitors in mid-distance sled dog racing in the lower 48. Her most recent achievements include being awarded Rookie of the Year, earning a 4th place finish, and passing another Iditarod qualifying race, all of which were accomplished while competing in the nearly 400 mile 2013 John Beargrease Marathon. Snomad Racing also travels for exhibitions and speaking engagements, works on TV, film, and modeling projects, and puts winter and mushing products to extreme tests for sponsors committed to making the toughest gear and equipment on the market. When Amanda is not training and racing, she is found raising pups, exploring woods and waters, and laughing with good friends. More information about Amanda and the Snomad Racing sled dogs can be found at www.snomadracing.com, www.facebook.com/snomadracing, www.facebook.com/amanda.vogel.125, www.twitter.com/snomadracing and www.cafepress.com/snomadracing
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2. Carl Routhier, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
Started running dogs early 2011… overnight dogs became the center of everything we do (along with our children obviously). We operate a boarding kennel that makes the whole thing possible, we are with our dogs all day everyday, great fun!!!
3. Odin Jorgensen, Grand Marais, MN
4. Ryan Anderson, Ray, MN
Ryan has been running dogs his whole life. Ryan and his wife own and operate AnderTier Racing Kennel that is home to approximately 40 Alaskan Huskies (and a few labs and pit bulls to complete their home). Ryan is looking forward to returning to the UP200.
5. Ward Wallin, Two Harbors, MN
The UP200 is a great race and I look forward to another fun year with friends and competitors. (Note: this will be Ward’s 21st appearance at the UP200/MNR. He has also won the Tom Porn Award numerous times.)
6. Alice Elizabeth White, Finland, MN
Alice developed an interest in sled dogs around age eight while growing up in Georgia, adopting her first Siberian husky a few years later. She began working with Blake and Jennifer Freking in her late teens and will be running a team from their kennel in the UP 200. She works as a technician at Ely Veterinary Clinic in Ely, MN.
7. Jennifer Freking, Finland, MN
Jennifer Freking, DVM owns Manitou Crossing Kennels along with her husband, Blake, and daughters Elena (4) and Nicole (2). She has been racing Siberian Huskies for over 25 years, primarily in mid and long distance events including the Beargrease, UP 200, Can-Am, and Iditarod. Jen is really looking forward to racing the UP 200 this winter as it has been several years since she has been able to enjoy this amazing race from the runners!
8. Beckie Hacker, McMillan, MI
I have been on the veterinary side of mushing for the last 12 years as a veterinary technician for the John Beargrease, UP200/Midnight Run, Apostle Island, Gichigami Express, The Ironline and the CopperDog. In January 2014 I bought my first sled dog and currently have a small kennel of 14. I spent the summer giving sled dog tours in Alaska and am now living in Michigan handling for Alcan Kennels in McMillan. I am using the UP200 as an Iditarod qualifier and my goal is to finish in the daylight on Sunday! Thank you to everyone that has helped me get to where I am today I couldn’t have done it without your support! Special thank you to Al Hardman, Gregg Hickman, Geri and Rick Menard who have all promised to get to checkpoints before I do.
9. Matthew Schmidt, Grand Marais, MN
Matt and his wife Erin moved to the north country of Grand Marais, MN recently so they could run dogs on better trails. This happened because they kind of got into dogs pretty heavy over the last few years and couldn’t imagine doing anything else with their spare time. Its been quite the adventure running dogs.
10. Leanne Bergen, Sioux Lookout, Ontario
My dad and I have a kennel in Northwestern Ontario. I have been running dogs for as long as I can remember. My parents got sled dogs the year I was born. In the summer I am a MNR fire ranger, which makes it easy to enjoy the dogs all winter. This is my first attempt at the UP200, and I’m really looking forward to it. Big thanks to my dad for being the best handler in the world. I would also like to give a shout-out to our kennel sponsors; First Mate Pet Foods, Home Hardware, and Days Inn.
11. Rene Marchildon, South River, Ontario
Been awhile since I’ve visited with my Yooper friends, kinda missed ya’ll. I look forward to returning to this well put together event. I’ve always felt welcome there. See you soon.
12. Bruce Langmaid, Kearney, Ontario
Bruce has been mushing for 35 years and is looking forward to coming back to the UP200.
13. Laura Neese, McMillian, MI
Laura works for Nature’s Kennel in McMillan, MI as a sled dog touring guide. She is on a journey to figure out how to make a future out of racing sled dogs. Her team consists of Butter, Houston, Forest, Wilson, Cinna, Ramblin’, North, Bubba, Sugar, Mitch, Baker, and Elmer. They are proudly sponsored by Royal Canin USA and dogbooties.com.
14. Frank Moe, Hovland, MN
Sherri and I live in Hovland, MN with our 44 dogs. The UP 200 was our favorite Race. The volunteers and fans are the best. We’re looking forward to coming back.
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