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Criss Cross Racing - Dog Sled Races

Posted January 30, 2018 | Events

Hi Folks!  

For any of you interested in coming to watch Julia race the Junior/Mid-Distance Beargrease this year, here is a schedule, and some directions:  
The race start is in Two Harbours, at the Alger Grade gravel pit on Highway 2.  If you are coming from Thunder Bay, turn right on highway 2 in Two Harbours (at the Holiday Gas Station), and drive about 15 minutes north until you get to East Alger Grade Road.  You’ll likely need to park along the highway, or if you are interested, there is a shuttle service from the fairgrounds on the right-side of Highway 2 in Two Harbours.  The parking area is well marked. 

 
On Sunday January 28, “Meet The Mushers” runs from 8:30AM until 11.  The race start is at 11, but Marathon Mushers leave first - followed by Mid-Distance and Junior Racers.  Julia’s start time is likely to be somewhere around noon. 
 
Once the race starts, you can follow Julia’s run at https://beargrease.com/follow-the-race/ 
 
She has a SPOT GPS tracker, and you can get live updates of her speed, direction and position. 
 
If you are interested in more than just the race start, you can also watch mushers at road crossings, or at the Finland Checkpoint.  Your best bet for either of these is to ask around during the meet the mushers event.  Maps to road crossings and checkpoints are available at Beargrease.com
 
Finally, if you are a die-hard race fan, you can watch the end of the race.  The Mid-distance and Junior Beargrease end at Trail Center, up the Gunflint Trail in Grand Marais, MN.  Mushers should start arriving at Trail Center around 7:30 AM on Monday Morning, and continuing until around 11:30.  The closing ceremony and awards banquet for the Mid-Distance is at SkyPort Lodge on the Gunflint Trail at 12:30PM on Monday January 29.  Tickets for this event are $10, and can be purchased at Beargrease.com.  We don’t know an expected race-finish time for Julia, as she won’t know her start position until after the bib number draw on Saturday January 27. 
 
We’re all looking forward to an exciting race, and hope you can join the festivities! 
 
The schedule again: 
 
Sunday January 28: 
8:30AMMeet The Mushers, Alger Grade Gravel Pit - Two Harbours Minnesota 
11AMRace Start 
3-4PMETA, Finland Checkpoint 
7-8PMEstimated departure, Finland Checkpoint  
 
Monday January 29 
11PM-12AMETA, Caribou Checkpoint, Lutsen 
3AM-4AMEstimated departure, Caribou Checkpoint 
7AM-9AMEstimated finish, Trail Center Lodge, Grand Marais 
12:30PMBanquet, Closing Ceremonies - Skyport Lodge, Grand Marais 
 
Sincerely, 
 
The Criss Cross Racing Team
 

Julia Cross: 

Julia Cross is our Gear Up Sponsored Athlete for 2017/2018.  Julia embodies the true characteristics of a champion. Julia is young, determined, focused and has a love of the outdoors and her animals. Her Holy Grail is to compete in the Jr. Idtarod Race.

I spent the weekend at the Beargrease race in Minnesota last February 2017 with Julia and her family and was completely in awe of her accomplishments.

It was one of the coldest days at -27c. Watching her prepare her team of dogs for their race; feeding, preparing, calming, racing, tending to all their needs.

Jonathan W. Wynn  

 


 2016 Winter Training

Criss Cross Racing - Julia's path to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Criss Cross Racing is a junior dogsled racing team working up to Jr Iditarod. Julia races through the lower 48 states and her goal is to be the first Canadian to win the Jr Iditarod. Together with Baffin, we are very excited to be able to sponsor her journey to the junior Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. 

Criss Cross Racing is owned by Julia Cross. She has been dogsledding for 10 years and started when she was 5. She has always had a passion for dogs. Her favourite part about mushing is being alone in the bush with the dogs.

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January 29th - Beargrease Dog Sled Marathon 

Julia's first qualifying race of the year! 

About Beargrease:

Established in 1980, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states. World class mushers including Susan Butcher, Jamie Nelson, John and Jason Baron have competed in the nearly 400-mile event – facing off against other seasoned competitors as well as the extremes of northern Minnesota weather and the deceivingly rugged terrain of the trail. The “Beargrease” is a qualifier for the famed Iditarod race in Alaska.

Julia's Race Results:  

Julia told us how she prepares for her races:

"So I'm more excited than nervous!!

I woke up over an hour ago and started prepping all my gear
Make sure I had all the mandatory gear and the junior teams go at 12:30.
We cover 39 miles and then have a four-hour layover that we have to stay for. We let the dogs sleep eat and get rest ourselves. After we go another 35 miles to the finish. Will finish in the wee hours of the morning. Most teams will travel 8-11 mph, but I suspect with the fast hard packed trails most will be going 10mph and higher! It will take about four hours for the first leg and about 4.5 for the second! It's going to be lots of fun!"

My strategy is not to focus on winning, but to focus on the dogs, by focusing on the dogs you can key into little problems and try to correct them and not be worried about your position!"

Congratulations to our junior athlete, Julia from Criss Cross Racing on finishing second in the Jon Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Julia finished 44 seconds behind the first place racer, making it a close finish. We are so proud of you Julia and can't wait to cheer you on in your next races. 

Get her race results here HERE

Up Coming Races 

Mid-Minnesota 150 Sled Dog Race- February 11th 

The Mid-Minnesota race I'll be participating in is 30 miles and takes place in Outing Minnesota.

Wolftrack Classic Sled Dog Race-February 25-26

The Wolftrack is 30 miles and takes place in Ely Minnesota.


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