“Mush! Hike! All Right! Let’s Go!” are sled dog commands to start the team. They’re also the perfect rallying cry to celebrate the opening of our new store in Duluth, MN this spring.

As we blaze a trail home to where Duluth Trading began, we’re proud to sponsor Duluth Women model and dog sled racer Amanda Vogel, of Snomad Racing, to compete at the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon 2014. The 400-mile annual race takes place January 24-30, 2014. It starts in Duluth, MN and runs along Lake Superior’s North Shore Trail to the Canadian border.

“Fun run = 13 dogs, 30 miles, 2 hours, with 200 lbs. in the sled basket. (Plus one wipe out…) I think it’s safe to say the trails are hard and fast… WeEeEeHaAaaaaa!” – Amanda on training

Prepping for such an event is not for the faint of heart. Miles of training trails to clear and pack. Logger trucks to dodge. Hormone-fueled dog pack shenanigans to diffuse while Amanda asserts her alpha status. Thousands of pounds of beaver to grind up to supplement the various food types required for changing training, racing and weather conditions. Meticulous attention paid to protecting human and canine athletes from the harsh elements (and wildlife such as moose, big cats and wolves). Nevermind the mental and physical endurance Amanda must fine-tune to successfully navigate 14 dogs on the windy, hilly 4-day course.

Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race 2014 Photo Credit: Nace Hagemann

Wishing Amanda and her team all the best at Beargrease 2014! Image: Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race 2014 Photo Credit: Nace Hagemann

Meet the 4-legged members of Snomad’s Racing Team on Facebook.