It's off to the races for a Thunder Bay-area musher.
Andy Heerschap of Nolalu is competing in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, which begins in Duluth today, and will see teams travel through the Sawtooth Mountains in Cook County, and go as far north as Gunflint Lake.
Heerschap says for four of his dogs, this'll be their first time competing. He says with all of the distractions that the race trail offers, he's prepared to have patience with his younger dogs as they experience all those things for the first time.
Heerschap says they started training in September, and estimates they've run nearly a thousand kilometres of bush trails since the fall.
He adds he's most looking forward to watching his team cross the finish line Grand Portage.