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Colleen Wallin

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Colleen Wallin

Colleen Wallin

Two Harbors, MN

My first Beargrease was in 1995, and our kennel has had a team in this race each year since. We have raised our sons, Ian and Ero, around dogs all their lives. This year, I will be running our puppy team in the Marathon and handing over Ero’s main team.

Covid has brought so many limitations to everyone; however, it has allowed Ero to train and race as much as he wants, resulting in me being kicked off the runners by Ero.

As spring arrived in 2020, and stay at home orders were followed, we dove into training some very enthusiastic puppies and decided they are some tough little characters. So tough that we will set out to finish the Marathon and have a ton of fun along the way.

Thank you to each and every volunteer and sponsor for making this race happen.

And a special thank you to this very special Board of Directors that has worked so positively and diligently to put this race on. Stay healthy everyone, and enjoy the race!!!

What other races have you completed to qualify for the marathon?

WaWa Gold Quest, Esslinger Classic, The Race at Solon Springs, Beargrease Marathon, Beargrease 100, Beargrease 150, Beargrease 190, Klondike Derby, Wolf Track Classic, The Midnight Run, Can Am, UP 200 and the Gunflint Mail Run.

How many lead dogs in your team?

Ten

Who are your dog handlers?

Mo Sexton, Ward Wallin, Thomas Rowlee, Jody and Nic Reineccius and Faran Meeks

What is your age as of Jan 25, 2020?

57

Kennel name

Silver Creek Sled Dogs

How can people find you on social media?

@coleen_wallin

Rig size

Chevy Pick Up

Who are your sponsors?

Louise’s Place, Betty’s Pies, Julie’s Variety, Two Harbors Towing, MMT Heating and Cooling, Granite Gear, Zups Grocery, Camp 61 and Homestead Family Dental.

What inspired you to start running sled dogs and how old were you when you started?

Watching Dennis and Dale LaBoda race and train. Seeing the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon on TV and heading out to the Highway 2 Checkpoint at 10:00 pm when it was -25 below to watch the magic of teams coming and going. I volunteered the following year (1994) and did my first race with my own dogs in 1995.