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Mush for a Cure Success

Submitted by Mary Black 3/28/07
Article and photo by Sue Prom

The route may have been up in the air until the last minute but the hearts of the mushers were always in the right place...

(Grand Marais, MN March 28, 2007) The First Annual Mush for a Cure was a great success. One of the race organizers, MaryMush for a Cure Teams Black held true to her words when she repeatedly said, "We'll mush for a cure on Saturday, it may be with 6 dogs or 2 dogs and it won't be with our best sleds, but we will mush." The conditions for mushing weren't perfect, the number of participants wasn't in the double digits, but the enthusiasm for raising awareness and money for breast cancer was overwhelming. There were only four women who participated this year but they were able to raise over $2500.00 for the first annual Mush for a Cure.

Mother Nature did her best to preserve the trails for Saturday's Mush for a Cure. The planned trail, was supposed to start from Voyageur Canoe Outfitters at the end of the Gunflint Trail and run to Poplar Creek B & B but the lack of snow on the north end of the trail and the icy conditions of Poplar Lake cut the course short. The shortened course started at Round Lake Road and ended at the Poplar Lake boat landing, about a 20 mile trip. There were patches of bare ground but overall there was enough snow to make for a great ride.

Mush for a Cure was the idea of Mary Black of Black Magic Kennels. She was inspired to raise money for breast cancer by Sue Prom's Pink Paddles business where a portion of the proceeds are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Sue and her husband Mike also own Voyageur Canoe Outfitters at the end of the Gunflint Trail. Together the Blacks and Proms organized and sponsored this year's Mush for a Cure Event. Plans are in motion to continue to raise money and awareness for breast cancer and on the top of the list is the 2nd Annual Mush for a Cure on the Gunflint Trail.

For Details Contact: Sue Prom, 218-388-2224 or Mary Black, 218-349-7960

Mushers on the trail in the photo from front to back:
Mary Black, Carol King and Mary Manning.
Michelle Ethun was unable to do the run due to family commitments,
but met us at the finish line with her pledges in

 

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