Dozens of Young Mushers Race in Cub Run

Emily Ness
Updated: January 18, 2020 10:55 PM

Racing through the snow Saturday afternoon were sled dogs pulling young mushers towards the finish line at Beargrease’s 2020 Cub Run.


Among the mushers racing were kids up to age 14. Cheering them on were families and friends with a rich history of mushing.

The youngest musher to participate was only three-years-old. Her race Saturday made her a third generation musher, following her mother and grandmother.

“It’s a lot of fun, we’ve come full circle,” Billie Thompson said about her daughter Brynlee. “I think the relationship that you have with the dogs and just kind of caring for them and loving them and introducing my daughter to the same kind of thing and teaching her to be brave and loving and all those qualities is great.”

Carmen Schempp, president of Beargrease Board of Directors echoed this statement saying it is great to start kids young because it allows them to develop a familiarity with the terrain and a bond with their dog. Additionally, it can become a passion for families to share.

“It’s a great way for mushers to continue to develop relationships with their kids and knowing that you’re passing a tradition on and that it’s not going to end is a nice thing to be able to continue to do,” Schempp said.

Organizers said this year’s cub run had the largest amount of kids participate yet.

“It’s a fun way to get future mushers involved and get all the families involved. There’s a lot of us who are running next weekend who have our kids running today so that’s fun,” Thompson said.


Emily Ness

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