Meet the 2024
Mushers

Blake Freking

Finland, MN

Our family owns Manitou Crossing Kennels near Finland, MN where we raise, train, and race our sled dogs. Its a family passion and lifestyle we enjoy! I am a veteran of the Iditarod, Yukon Quest and have won the Beargrease Marathon twice. I am an Aviation Officer for the US Forest Service.

Thanks to our Beargrease sponsor:

KENNEL NAME?

Manitou Crossing Kennel

HOW CAN PEOPLE FIND YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

Manitou Crossing Kennels or http://www.racingsiberians.com

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START RUNNING SLED DOGS AND HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED?

The history of sled dogs got me interested originally.

The “goodest” dogs
Need your help

What a sled dog looks forward to most after a long day of racing is a nice bed of straw! But guess what happened at last year’s race? Someone stole all our straw right before the race start! Thankfully, great fans like you helped us out during the final hour to provide this vital supply for our amazing dogs.

These dogs simply are the best – and we want to be able to continue treating them that way! Donations from fans like you make that possible. Would you find it in your heart to help us out? No amount is too small in sled dog world!