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Meet the 2022
Mushers

thomas bauer

thomas bauer

Tapiola, MI

My passion for everything sled dogs started in 1987. I ran the first UP 200 in 1990 and was hooked on racing. I’ve run many mid distance sled dog races. I worked Glacier tours on the Punch Bowl Glacier out of Girdwood AK for 2 summers and started running tours out of our kennel during winters around 2010 to feed the dogs and promote the history, beauty, sportsmanship and canine companionship of dog sledding. For the last 5 years I have hosted the first ever collegiate mushing club. We teach students about kennel care, dog care, training tours and have put over two dozen on racing dog teams.

Thanks to our Beargrease sponsor:
WHAT OTHER RACES HAVE YOU COMPLETED TO QUALIFY FOR THE MARATHON?

Beargrease 130, Empire, Marmara, Red River, UP 200, Midnight Run, St Ignace, Iron Line, Copperdog 150

HOW MANY LEAD DOGS IN YOUR TEAM?

8

WHO ARE YOUR DOG HANDLERS?

Mel Heikinnen, Roy Bauer

KENNEL NAME?

Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures

HOW CAN PEOPLE FIND YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

https://www.facebook.com/otterriversleddogs

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

Keep my dogs from killing the neighbor’s chickens.

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!

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