#16 Grant Beck

16 — Grant Beck from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Age 72.

Grant has been mushing dogs since he was a seven-year-old boy delivering groceries using a dog team in the remote village of Fort Resolution, NWT. By the time he was twelve, Grant was travelling into the bush with only his dog team, learning to live safely and comfortably in temperatures as low as minus 40 C. Since winning his first race at the age of nine, Grant has put together an impressive career earning hundreds of trophies, including four times at the Canadian Championship. Grant was the 10-dog World Champion by 1981 and won races up to 300 miles throughout the United States. In 1991, his international reputation soared when he entered the 700 km Alpirod and finished on the podium many years. During eleven seasons in Europe, Grant won the Pirena 2000 Dog Sled Race in the Pyrenees. In 2005, he finished a strong third in La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc, one of the toughest dog sled races in the world.