Page Title: Mushers

Here are the 2014 Gichigami Express mushers, along with their bib numbers. Musher bib number and start position was determined by registration. Best of luck to all!

1. Erin Redington>>

Kennel: Callin’ Trail Kennel

2. Ryan Redington>>

Kennel: Callin’ Trail Kennel

3. Keith Aili>>

Hometown: Ray, Minnesota

Kennel: Wolf Ridge Kennel

I have been racing dogs for over 20 years.

 

4. Ryan Anderson>>

Hometown: Ray, Minnesota

Kennel: Ander Tier

Previous Races:

  • 2013 Can-Am Crown International (1st place)
  • 2013 UP200 (1st place)
  • 2012 Can-Am Crown International (1st place)
  • 2012 UP200 (1st place)
  • 2011 John Beargrease (1st place)
  • 2011 UP200 (1st place)

I have been racing sled dogs for 23 years now and am looking forward to another year. I had a great time at the Gichigami last year and I can’t wait to get back to Grand Portage. My wife and I have about 40 dogs in the kennel, including five puppies and SOME house dogs.

5. Michael Bestgen>>

Hometown: Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Kennel: Fugarwe Kennels

Previous Races:

  • 2013 Gichigami Express (10th place)
  • 2013 Midnight Run (1st place)
  • 2013 John Beargrease (3rd place)
  • 2013 Apostle Islands (3rd place)

I’ve been mushing for 15 years, and have a small kennel. I’m married to Vickie and together we have four children and seven grandkids. I’ve been working for Miller Chevrolet in Rogers, Minnesota for 28 years and look forward to going to work. I loved the race last year and I’m looking forward to racing again this year. You guys rock!

6. Josh Compton>>

Hometown: Two Harbors, Minnesota

Kennel: 10 Squared Racing

I’ve been handling since 2010. This is my first major race and I look forward to running it.

7. Ross Fraboni>>

Kennel: 10 Squared Racing

Previous Races:

  • 2013 Gichigami Express (1st place)
  • 2013 Copper dog 150 (4th place)
  • 2011 Copperdog 150 (1st place)
  • 2011 White Oak Classic (1st place)
  • 2011 WolfTrack Classic (1st place)

8. Odin Jorgenson>>

Hometown: Grand Marais, Minnesota

Kennel: Jorgenson Kennels

Previous Races:

  • 2012 John Beargrease (3rd place)
  • 2011 Gunflint Mail Run (1st place)

 

9. Frank Moe>>

Hometown: Grand Marais, Minnesota

Kennel: Moetown Kennels

Previous Races:

  • 2013 Gichigami Express (7th place)
  • 2013 UP200
  • 2013 John Beargrease
  • 2013 Mid-Minnesota 150 (1st)
  • 2013 Apostle Islands – two teams (4th & 5th)
  • 2012 UP200 (5th)

Sherri and I live in rural Grand Marais with our 40 Alaskan Huskies. We’ve been hushing for 14 years and racing for nine. Thanks to Grand Portage and all the volunteers and sponsors of the Gichigami, especially our sponsors NutriSource Premium Dog Food and the Lake Superior Trading Post.

10. Matthew Schmidt>>

Hometown: Grand Marais, Minnesota

Kennel: TBD

Previous Races:

  • 2013 Midnight Run (7th place)
  • 2012 CopperDog 40 (7th place)
  • 2012 Apostle Islands

Matthew Schmidt and Erin Altemus have been couch-surfing with 20+ dogs around Grand Marais, Minnesota since last summer. When not running dogs, Matthew has been helping out at YMCA Camp Menogyn as the assistant site manager.

11. Nathan Schroeder>>

Hometown: Chisolm, Minnesota
Kennel: Horses ‘n Huskies
Previous Races:

  • 2013 John Beargrease 400 (1st place)
  • 2013 UP200 (8th place)
  • 2013 Gichigami Express (9th place)
  • 2012 UP200 (4th place)
  • 2011 John Beargrease 400 (2nd place)
  • 2010 John Beargrease 400 (1st place)

My wife, Carey and I have three children: Gavin (four years old), Sawyer (two years old) and Kinley (eight months old). Gavin loves to help out in the kennel and go on short training runs. I am a millwright by trade. We currently have 35 dogs in our kennel. I’ve been racing since the age of 13. This will be my second Gichigami Express race. Although I haven’t done much racing with the stage format, I still look forward to competing with some of the top stage mushers. After this race, I will be leaving for Alaska to race the Tustemena 200, the Denali Doubles and then on to my first Iditarod.
 

12. Buddy Streeper>>

Hometown: Fort Nelson, British Columbia

Kennel: Streeper Kennels

I grew up in the sport and have been mushing for 25 years. I am the father of two little daughters, Alva and Clara, both of who will be traveling with me. I am a professional musher with 150 dogs. I am excited to race in Minnesota as I really, really want to beat Troy Groeneveld.

13. John Stewart>>

Hometown: Aberdeen, Scotland

Kennel: Streeper Kennels

Previous Races:

  • Iditarod
  • Race to the Sky 350 Marathon
  • Wyoming Stage Race 350
  • Pas World Championship
  • Canadian Championship 150
  • Yellow Knife Dog Derby

I have been racing for 15 years.
 

14. Amanda Vogel>>

Hometown: Ray, Minnesota

Kennel: Snomad Racing

Previous Races:

  • 2013 Gichigami Express
  • 2013 John Beargrease Marathon (Rookie of the Year)
  • 2013 UP200
  • 2012 CopperDog