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Our Athletes

Maggie Heilmann

St. Paul, MN

Maggie started skijoring (skiing while being pulled by a dog) with her Irish Setter "Murphy" in 2000. She slowly built her race team dog by dog. Maggie bought two Alaskan Huskies and suddenly realized she no longer had to work while skiing- the dogs did the pulling and all she needed to do was remain upright. Those two dogs then became five dogs, and then 8 and then 12 & now today 20 dogs.

It is more than an addiction, it is a lifestyle. Everything on a day-to-day basis in centered around the dogs. Maggie’s teenage girls complain that the "dogs eat better than they do."

To prepare he sled for speed, Maggie uses Zardoz NOTwax to give her the racing advantage that she needs.

Maggie has raced in 4-dog 4-mile sprints, however her passion lies in long-distance racing. From 2009 until present, she completed the following races:

• 60-mile White Oak Sled Dog Classic (4th place)
• John Beargrease Mid-Distance 150 (2nd place)
• 240-mile UP200
• 60-mile White Oak Sled Dog Classic (2th place)
• John Beargrease Mid-Distance 150 (5th place)
• Midnight Run (2nd place plus award for best cared for dog team!)
• 60-mile White Oak Sled Dog Classic (3rd place)
• John Beargrease Mid-Distance 150 (7th place)
• Wolf Track Classic 6 (1st place)

“The dogs never fail to amaze me as to what they can do.” The most important thing for Maggie while racing is to finish with happy, healthy dogs. You must remember the journey. To view Maggie's heartwarming "Love of Dogs" video, simply click HERE.