Beargrease Winner Sets Sights on 2014 Iditarod

Posted at: 03/29/2013 4:02 PM
Updated at: 03/29/2013 8:04 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

Just weeks ago, Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm, crossed the finish line, winning his second John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Now, Schroeder has his sights set on the 2014 Iditarod in Alaska.

Schroeder calls the Alaskan race the "grand daddy" of them all. The one time Schroeder has been to Alaska was for his honeymoon.

"There was one thing missing when I was in Alaska and that was my dogs," said Schroeder. "I vowed never to go back unless I had my dog team."

Now he plans to go back. But Schroeder can't afford the $50,000 price tag on his own. He's looking for sponsors and Friday at Grizzly's in Superior, he announced his Iditarod dreams.

Born and raised on the Iron Range, Schroeder works as a union contractor to support his new family five. He understands the Iditarod is the toughest race of all with extreme conditions.

"I know it's going to be exhausting, I know I'm going to be tired and hungry and I know the dogs are going to be the same as me," said Schroeder. "But we are going to march through it and get there."

Schroeder has dreamt of winning the Beargrease and racing the Iditarod since he was 12 years old. With his second Beargrease win under his belt, Schroeder said he is now ready to race with the best.

"To represent northern Minnesota, I would love that," said Schroeder. "To represent everybody and anybody I know, anybody that helped me out, it would mean the world to me."

The 2014 Iditarod race starts the first week in March, but sign-up for the race is in Alaska in late June.