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 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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Julia's first qualifying race of the year!
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 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
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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