5 — Thad McCracken from Mosier, Oregon.
Thad is a software engineer in Portland who had no plans to get into mushing until his wife Colleen bought a rescue dog, Berny, who had excellent pulling abilities. Their first race, a skijor, resulted in a last place finish but totally hooked Thad and Colleen into the sport. In the thirteen or so years since that less than stellar beginning, Thad and his Mosier Misfits team have travelled all over North America making amazing friends along the way. This will be Thad’s second year at “the big race”. He raced the Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic twice, and, last year in his rookie run, finished the big race.