Meet the mushers participating in this year's Flathead Classic Sled Dog Race.
"I have been running dogs from the when I was 13 . It my passion. I got my start in willow Alaska when I was invited in to a kennel and I have been doing it since"
Lead Dog(s): Rock star and Ninja
Recent Races: Priest Lake Race
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing and working on wood craft
"My husband and I have had Siberian Huskies since adopting a fun-loving little mixed female back in 1990. Our next Sibe was a purebred and purely silly redhead named Kodiak, who came from a shelter in Wichita, and her personality further convinced us that this was our breed (even after destroying several pieces of furniture and too many other items to mention)! After reading Winterdance, by Gary Paulsen, we adopted our next Sibe, Kanootka, and was told by her foster mom that there are races in our area too, not just in AK. I immediately made plans to attend and before even seeing the dog teams, I HEARD them, and literally something changed in my brain! I HAD TO MUSH DOGS! I started with two dogs and a scooter and built my team of 8 (mostly rescues) over several years with some wonderful mentors to help us on our way. Our dogs are aging (main leaders are 10 and 12) and we have scaled back our goals but I enjoy nothing more than spending time in the woods with my very best furry friends, doing what they LOVE to do...run! I attended the first Flathead Race in 2008 as a photographer and am looking so forward to coming back, this time to run in it with my dogs!"
Lead Dog(s): Tana, Galena, Tkope and Tozi
Recent Races: Eagle Cap Extreme 62 miler, Cascade Quest
Hobbies: Owning a Winery (Vaulted Wines) and making Mixed Media Artwork (Peeling Bark Designs)
"I am high school science teacher and track/XC coach in my real life. I ran university XC/track for Queen's University and for the University of Calgary. I have moved over into XC skiing the past 4 years due to injury. My boys like to run so picking up skijoring was a natural fit. My spouse is also a high level runner and will be there cheering on the boys on race day."
Lead Dog(s): Logan and Skeena
Recent Races: Didsbury Sled Dog Derby, Babe Southwick Memorial Sled Dog Derby
Hobbies: Running, fly fishing, cross country skiing, biking.
"I'm a 2nd grader from Northern Idaho who lives for running my dogs. I've been racing since I was two years old and since then I've just been adding dogs and miles. I wish I didn't have to go to school, because it gets in the way of time I could spend running my dogs, but my mom and dad make me go. I consider myself a professional pooper scooper and just love to be outdoors with my furry siblings. I want to thank my friend and dog breeder Josi Thyr for loaning me a dog for the weekend, since one of my main leaders is unable to run. She has been a wonderful mentor and running partner. Also thanks to my parents for supporting me and driving me all over the country so that I can continue to follow my dreams of running dogs."
Lead Dog(s): Aspen
Recent Races: Dogtown Winter Derby, American Dog Derby
Hobbies: Playing with my Dogs, Riding my Dirt Bike, Hunting and Fish
"I'm a Veterinarian that started racing with a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog that could pull 5000 pounds. All I had to do was hang on for dear life. The Muppets and I moved from Colorado to Montana 1.5 years ago. We lost my strongest teammate this year to a rare disease, but decided to keep racing this season as a tribute to him."
Lead Dog(s): Finis and Swix
Recent Races: Darby Dog Derby and Gold Ruch Mail
Hobbies: Backpacking and Hunting
"I live in a little cabin we built ourselves with my husband, Mike, and our 13 dogs. We enjoy taking the dogs on various winter camping trips and backcountry expeditions across the state."
Lead Dog(s): Gamora and Soldier
Recent Races: Race to the Sky, Stage Stop, Priest Lake Race
Hobbies: Skiing, camping, and hiking
"I've been mushing for about 3 years with my wife and our 13 dogs. We enjoy doing winter camping trips and expeditions with the dogs in the Montana mountains. The Flathead race has always been a favorite of ours with beautiful scenery and great people and dogs."
Lead Dog(s): Storm, Alice, Bella, Flame
"I run my daughters dogs because she’s in college. If they don’t run then they yelp and pace in the yard all night which keeps me up. So I guess I run dogs so I can sleep at night."
Lead Dog(s): Tug
Recent Races: Darby Dog Derby
Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Fishing, Hunting, Rafting, Skiing, and Soccer
"I am new to skijouring, but I am very excited to participate and see how me and my adopted dog can do"
Lead Dog(s): Luka
Hobbies: Running, Down-hill Skiing, and Backcountry Skiing
"Began recreationally running dogs about 10 years ago in answer to my mid life crisis. Spends time between Paradise Valley, Montana and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nurse practitioner at the University of Alaska."
Lead Dog(s): Racco
Recent Races: Flathead Classic 2016
Hobbies: Cross Country Skiing in Alaska, Downhill Skiing in Montana
"We started running dogs with our first Chinook and a scooter. Now we have 16 dogs, 3 Chinooks and 13 Alaskan Huskies. Many of our dogs are veterans of distance and Iditarod teams and are either retired or retiring after this year from the race teams. We have four pups of our own breeding this year and look forward to developing them into fine distance dogs next year."
Lead Dog(s): Flyer, Galaxy, Dust
Recent Races: Darby Dog Derby, Conconully SDSM
Hobbies: Hiking, Fishing
"Dan Hanks races for the USFSS 1 & 2 dog developmental team. This team is focused on developing teams which can be competitive on the World stage. Dan Hanks and his team have gone to two World Championships. One World Championship was on Snow in Haliburton Ontario, where his team finished as high as 10th in the World. Team Hanks also went to Poland in 2017 to compete in 1 dog Bikejor and 1 dog Scooter. Dan and his team are in training & development for the 2019 World Championships in France.
Lead Dog(s): Lacie & Mountain Man
Recent Races: Darby Dog Derby, Methow Doggy Dash, Conconully Super Mush
Hobbies: Dog-powered Sports and more Dog-powered Sports!
"I've been training and racing dogs for over 40 years. Our Northome on Windhill Siberians have competed in all sprint classes from 3 dog to Open Class as well as Middle Distance events. I teach Mushing Boot Camp with Jamie Nelson. We really enjoy helping people with their sled dogs. I also compete in agility with my Australian Shepherds and have earned ATCH (ASCA) and PDCH (USDAA) Championship titles on my best girl, Jae! I was also involved as full time trainer/double for Will and provided dogs for the motion picture Iron Will. I have a GREAT life filled with dogs!!!"
Lead Dog(s): Liir, Party and Keeper
Recent Races: Beargrease 40 mile (Two Harbors, MN) , Apostle Island SDR 20 mile (Bayfield, WI), Wolftrack Classic 30 mile (Ely, MN)
Hobbies: Agility with my Australian Shepherds, Hiking, Canoeing
"I started recreational mushing in 1990 after collecting too many dogs to just run and hike with, and got competetive around 2000 entering the Cascade Quest race. I had my best run one year finishing 2nd. I've bred a few litters of alaskans, one had 11 pups. the most i've had in my kennel was 22 dogs. i'm happy with 12. I've run the Mail Run in Quesnel, BC by far the coldest number of kilometers i have ever run. took a dog team up to alaska in 1999 and handled for Shawn Sidelinger at the Iditarod, the 2nd coldest camping experiences ever at -40 below. I own and operate North Cascades Physical Therapy, founded in 2010 in Omak WA I work all day at work and then pretty much come home and work outside with my animals; 12 dogs, 2 donkeys, and 1 ornery norwegian fjord named archie. He's my biggest challenge, but proudly rode him in the Omak Stampede Parade last summer and he was quite a hit."
Lead Dog(s): Petra and Per
Recent Races: Eagle Cap Extreme 62 mile
Hobbies: Riding My Norwegian Fjord, Plowing My Access Road Over and Over, Building Stuff and Break More Stuff
"This will be my first snow race, but I spend most of my time chasing "Hurricane" Harleigh Dutton on her training runs and compete in dryland events. A special thank you to Josi Thyr, for letting me use a small team of her dogs."
Recent Races: Spokane Dirt Rondy
Hobbies: Chasing Our Daughter and Her Team of Sled Dogs, Hunting and Fishing
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Lead Dog(s): Roxy, Misty, Spock, Seuss
Recent Races: Eagle Cap 62, Eukenuba 8 Dog Classic
Hobbies: Dog Agility,Hiking, Kayaking, Music, Dog-Powered Sports
"I entered the crazy world of sled dogs after adopting my first Siberian Husky. I took up skijoring as a way to keep him exercised. A few years later my second sibe, Kaya came along. What an adventure we have been having. God has blessed me with friends that allow me to borrow enough dogs to run a 4 dog team. I want more dogs!"
Lead Dog(s): Kaya & Patia
Recent Races: Darby Dog Derby, Spokane Dirt Rondy
Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Photography, Fishing, Biking
"Just a girl enjoying life with God, family, friends and a pack of mutts."
Lead Dog(s): Seabiscuit & Berdy
Recent Races: Dogtown Winter Derby and Conconully Super Mush
Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Skijoring, Off-Road Moto, Swimming, Camping, X-Treme AirDogs, K9X
"I work for the USFS as a Snowshoe backcountry guide in the winter and Trail Ranger/PR in the summer. I am also an artist that specializes in personalized dog drawings (Fouts Art). I served in the Military (Navy Seabee) and did one tour in Afghanistan."
Lead Dog(s): Dashy and Doodlehead
Hobbies: Cycling, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Camping
"I live on Mt Hood, in Oregon, with my husband, daughter, stepson, 7 dogs, & 1 cat. I've been running dogs for 14 yrs, started racing in skijor/scooter 8 yrs ago, in 2013 I was introduced to AK huskies, and racing/running a sled team, I fell in love, bred my own, & here we are."
Lead Dog(s): Clover and Yarrow
Recent Races: Alpine Creek Excursion Sled Dog Race (ACE), Conconally Snow Dog Super Mush
Hobbies: Family Time
"I was born and raised in Alaska where I started mushing when I was a young teenager. I moved to Willow AK in 2003 to work as a handler for Iditarod and Yukon Quest mushers and learn the ins-and-outs of long distance racing. While in Willow I was able to follow my passion for adventures with a dog team, training on the Iditarod trail and competing around the state. Now, my partner Wayne and I, own and race our own kennel that is located in Bend Oregon. We moved to Bend in 2011 so I could finish my natural resource degree with OSU and then started working for the Forest Service as a wildlife technician during the summers while training and racing my sled dog team during the winters.
We keep a small kennel of 12 very competitive Alaskan Huskies that compete in several races throughout the winter season, along with a couple retired race dogs and our next generation. Our race line up for this season includes Darby Dog Derby, Wyoming stage stop, Eagle Cap Extreme, Flathead Classic and Bachelor Butte Dog Derby. I love watching my team’s enthusiasm and endurance on every run, they never cease to amaze me! I owe the success of every race to each one of the dogs, but I put a lot thanks to my wonderful leaders: Foxy, Weasel, Hudson and Dietrich."
Lead Dog(s): Foxy, Weasel, Dietrich, Hudson
Recent Races: Darby Dog Derby, Eagle Cap Extreme, Eukanuba 8-Dog Stage Stop
Hobbies: Hiking. Fishing, Hunting, Camping, Exploring The Wilderness
"I'm from Oregon born and raised. I work as a nurse. In my free time I enjoy outdoor sports with my dogs. I've been skijoring with my dogs for 3 years now. First with my Bouviers and now with our Alaskan Huskies."
Lead Dog(s): Rocket, Whitman, Edge
Recent Races: Cle Elum and Conconally Snow Dog Super Mush
Hobbies: Hiking, Backpacking, Skiing, Biking
"I live in Eagle Creek, Oregon and I have been running dogs for 12 years. Started with one and just kept getting more."
Lead Dog(s): Pepsi and Fresca
Recent Races: Dogton Derby and the Snow Dog Super Mush
Hobbies: Running Dogs
"I have been running dogs for 27 years. I started with Siberian Huskies and then moved on to Alaskan Huskies. I have 17 dogs, two grown children and 4 wonderful grandchildren. I live in Eagle Creek, Oregon."
Lead Dog(s): Mr. Pibb and Virgil
Recent Races: Bachelor Butte Dog Derby (2017)
Hobbies: Running Dogs and Building Things
"I am a retired Boeing IT manager and live with my husband in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state. I volunteer as a pet bereavement counselor for the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement and at the Seattle Animal Shelter. I actually started mushing in the 90's when my first Siberian husky would pull me on rollerblades. Deciding I wanted to live a little longer I started scootering with two and then built my team from there. All my current dogs are "recycled" - either rescues or rehomed from other kennels. We regularly come in last place and I have a lovely collection of Red Lanterns that I am very proud of, because they mean we finished. We shattered the record for the slowest time at Eagle Cap Extreme 100-mile this year; I was both amazed by and in awe of my team. It's an honor to share my life with these furry beings."
Lead Dog(s): Journey & Healer
Recent Races: Snow Dog Super Mush, Eagle Cap Extreme 100-mile
Hobbies: Hiking, Reading and Scooping Poop
"Butch and I have had dogs for over 35 years. We have done various races and have a dog sled tour company called Winter Woods Dog Sled Tours."
Lead Dog(s): Detour and Mambor
Recent Races: 2017 Flathead Classic!
Hobbies: Hiking, Gardening and Taking Care of Our Dogs.
"I have been racing dogs for 35 years and have competed in races ranging from 500 miles to 50 miles. We have had a dog tour business, Winter Woods Dog Sled Tours, for eleven years and we find that we race less when we have a business to tend to! Either way, I love working and playing with our Alaskan Huskies!"
Lead Dog(s): Burnie & Electra
Recent Races: Flathead Sled Dog Days Races
Hobbies: Playing with my dogs!
"We love the Siberian Husky and got into mushing as a way to more efficiently exercise our 3 Siberians at the time. But mushing was way too addicting....so we got more dogs and here we are! We really enjoy the time we spend as a family training, running and hanging out with our dogs."
Lead Dog(s): Jig & Whip
Recent Races: Spokane Dirt Rondy, Darby Dog Derby
Hobbies: Running, Guitar & Knitting
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