Welcome to the Current 2014 UP200 Mushers. Please take the opportunity to view the musher bios, and if you have a question don’t hesitate to email us. LET THE RACE BEGIN!
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I have been running dogs my whole life. My wife and I own and operate AnderTier Racing Kennel that is home to approximately 40 Alaskan Huskies (and a few labs and pit bulls to complete our home). We are looking forward to returning to the UP.
2. Dennis Tremblay – St Michel Des Saints, Canada
I began running sled dogs in 1989 for trapping. Now my goal is to have fun in the mid-distance and long distance races. My Winter 2014 is my preparation for the Yukon Quest 2015. I participate in the UP200 because i like this race!
I’m retired and currently have a 25 dog kennel. I have been running dogs since about 1979 just for the love of it. My wife Paula and I also have 6 bossy goats and couple of stray cats. We are literally an old crew, musher and handlers alike. We just hope to live through this year’s race. Handlers this year are my wife Paula, my sister in-law Lesley Maclean, and our daughter Melissa McNamara.
4. Ryan Redington – Wasilla, AK, USA
You can follow Ryan and his dogs on his website, http://www.callintrailkennel.com/
Ryan Redington has been racing sled dogs since he could hang on to the handle bars. Now, he and his wife, Erin, live in Knik, Alaska where they own and operate a kennel of about 50 sled dogs. Ryan has lots of racing experience ranging from the Fur Rondy to the Wyoming Stage Stop to the Iditarod. He had so much fun at last year’s UP200 that he just had to come back this year! When not training and racing the dogs, he enjoys hunting and trapping.
Note: Carl Routhier has switched to the Midnight Run. 2/11/2014
5. Ward Wallin - Two Harbors, MN, USA
This is my 20th trip to race in the UP200. Where has the time gone? Long gone are the days of wooden sled runners, fleece booties, 4 D-cell battery packs etc. Not only was this my first ever race, but I also learned of the pending birth of my first child at the finish line in 1998 (Colleen thought I would be even “more of a mess” if she told me during the race!) Needless to say, this race has always held a special meaning …….I’m looking forward to seeing my fellow competitors and friends at the race. Let’s hope for a big snow year!
6. Lisa Dietzen - Marquette, MI, USA
Liza has been running sled dogs since 2009, but first got interested when she was in kindergarten and heard the story of Balto. Snowy Plains Kennel mentored her for two years before she joined up with David Gill at Team Evergreen Kennel. Liza ran with David for one season before he retired from the sport. She took over many of his dogs and ran her first solo season without a mentor in 2013 which she felt proved a lot to herself and others. This year, she’s got bigger plans as she’s now working her way towards Iditarod 2017. Should be an awesome season!
7. Logan Wayne Schendel – Finland, MN, USA
8. Troy Groeneveld – Two Harbors, MN, USA
9. Tim Hunt – Sundell, MI, USA
10. Tasha Stielstra – McMillan, MI, USA
It does not seem like it’s been 7 years since I last ran the UP 200. It must have been that long because I vowed at the finish of that race that I was “retired” from distance racing, and now I’ve forgotten why I said that! Maybe it’s because my second child, Fern, has trained me so well in sleep deprivation that I feel I’ve been distance racing for 19 months. I’m excited to be back in Marquette and see some old friends. Nate (almost 4) and Fern (19 months) are just as excited to see mom race. Thanks to our sponsors, Royal Canin and dogbooties.com for all their support.
Training leading up to this year’s race has been stellar, great snow, nice and cold and a team that makes me grateful after each run. Lots of trail breaking, lots of moose and wolf tracks! My decision to run this year’s race only came after Keith Peppler said he would give me some tough love. He has seen a lot and will keep things in perspective. Look out, the Canucks are on their way ! !
Been mushing dogs since 2009. I come back to the U.P. each winter to run dogs for Natures Kennel out of McMillan.
906-228-3072 (Pat Torreano) or 906-362-3785 (Ron Hewson)
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