I am the youngest son of three boys. My parents are Gregg and Eileen Vitello, founders of N.E. Outfitters Inc., a hands-on interactive educational company in which I own and operate together with my lovely partner and girlfriend, Brianna Blumgren.
Growing up in a mushing family, raising, training, racing and caring for sled dogs has been a way of life. The sled dog and mushing sport have been my entire life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I moved up to the great north woods of Milan, New Hampshire the day I graduated from High school! It was a dream of mine to live off the land and devote my life to the love of dog sledding. I am living a mushers dream on 136 acres with my lovely lady, companion, handler and partner, Brianna, we have direct trail access and love working the land, improving the trails with dogs by my side, ever-increasing the bond between us!
My racing career started at age 4, and I was hooked! I started in sprint and moved up to mid and long-distance as soon as I was able, ready and allowed. Most recently, I have competed in the following dog sled races; 2020 Can-Am 100 mile 5th place, 2019 Can-Am 100 mile 2nd place, 2019 World Championships Sled Dog Race Mid Distance 4th place, 2019 La Grande Odyssee Sled Dog Race 7th place, 2017 World Championship Sled Dog Race Mid Distance 3rd place, 2015 Can-Am 30 1st Place, 2012 150 mile Jr Iditarod 7th place, 2012 100 mile Race to the sky 3rd place, 2012 Pedigree Stage Stop 17th place. My Dad and I have a father/son Iditarod goal for 2023, in which the John Beargrease is a qualifier.
What other races have you completed to qualify for the marathon?
2019 Can Am 100 mile 2nd place, 2020 Can Am 100 mile 5th place, 2017 World Championship Sled Dog Race Mid Distance 3rd place , 2019 World Championships Sled Dog Race Mid Distance 4th place, 2019 350 mile La Grande Odyssee Sled Dog Race 7th place, 2012 150 mile Jr Iditarod 7th place, 2012 100 mile Race to the sky 3rd place and 2012 Pedigree Stage Stop 17th place
How many lead dogs in your team?
Who are your dog handlers?
Brianna Blumgren and Hayden Caron
What is your age as of Jan 25, 2020?
N.E. Outfitters AKA Northern Exposure AKA Team Bailey
Who are your sponsors?
Northern Exposure Outfitters, Red Paw dog food and Playology Pets
What inspired you to start running sled dogs and how old were you when you started?
I was born into a mushing family and have know nothing but love for sled dogs and the sport of dog mushing my entire life.