Kids try mushing at Cub Run
During the warm, sunny weather Saturday, Jan. 20, 10 kids were trying their hand at running a dog team at the John Beargrease Cub Run near Silver Creek Town Hall.
Some mushers had taken their first ride on a dog sled less than a month ago, while others have been training for nearly as long as they could walk. Participants ranged in age from 3-14 and all showed a pretty strong feel for controlling a two-dog team on the 1.5-mile course.
Beargrease President Mike Keyport introduced each of the mushers as they waited at the starting chute for clearance, much like what will happen Sunday, Jan. 28, during the start of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon at the Lake County gravel pit outside Two Harbors.
The Cub Run is designed to give novice mushers a chance to learn about dog mushing while competing in a scaled-down version of the larger race. The not only included a starting chute, there were also veterinarian checks, official timing and an awards ceremony.
Organizers used snowmobiles to pack a course across several acres of land adjoining the Silver Creek Town Hall. There were race officials stationed at spots where going off-course was a possibility. Some of the kids had trouble with their teams veering off to the right as they exited the starting shoot, but after some initial struggles, the young mushers were able to control their teams and have a smoother ride throughout the rest of the race.
Second-grader Sawyer Morrow of Duluth finished first with a time of 5 minutes, 9 seconds, while Talon DeBoer won the Spirit of John Beargrease Award and Elena Freking received the Sportsmanship Award.
Cub Run Results
• Sawyer Morrow 5:09
• Eve Redington 5:30
• Talon DeBoer 5:50
• Hazel Morrow 6:11
• Hannah Wicks 6:15
• Lumen Alfredson 6:45
• Nicole Freking 7:25
• Danielle Crawford 7:33
• Elena Freking 7:40
• Dixie Crawford 8:00