Meet the 2023
Mushers

David Burge

Brookston, MN

My family and I run a little place called Dogwoods that has sled dogs, cut-your-own Christmas trees, and now sheep too. I started in mushing by first volunteering at Sawbill checkpoint for the Beargrease, then meeting a musher on our honeymoon in Alaska. Deke Naaktgeboren got us started with some dogs and we’ve been running ever since. Our first race was a 2 dog sprint race we entered on a whim since it was being held the next day. It was a blast and we learned a lot. Our kennel has since expanded to 18 dogs.
By day I’m an aquatic biologist and often out sampling streams or hunkered over a microscope. We have 2 young children who are the light of our lives and greatest joy. Being a dad is definitely one of my biggest passions.

KENNEL NAME

Dogwoods

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

 

Volunteering for the Beargrease at the Sawtooth checkpoint and staying with a musher in Fairbanks on our honeymoon

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